My question first, background below: Since I have seen small FTP gains (reduction?) from SSB1-2 high vol. the past few months, do I stick to the plan builder’s prescription of SSB1 starting this week (strength) or go my own way and complete a full mesocycle of build instead (weakness)?
I have set up my calendar using plan builder for an A priority stage race in August. I started in training in October with high vol. SSB1-2, and currently I am pushing through a 3-week high vol. build mesocycle prescribed by plan builder. The next series of mesocycles are SSB2, build, specialty, race.
These build workouts are hard, and I find I am failing workouts each week. My legs struggle with the load–more so than I think my breathing. I am not sure if this is from fatigue or a weakness I have to threshold and >threshold intensities. Each workout is a battle of will-power and watts. I do feel like I have a lot of room for improvement. I’ve did mid volume build last year and saw strong gains from it.
Last spring I progressed through SSB1 and jumped from 287 to 309 watts (nice, right!). Next, SSB2 up to 315 Watts, I then took my rides outdoors with unstructured workouts for the remainder of the summer. In September, I then did a month of SSB1 low volume (with supplements workouts) and jumped to 322 watts (most rides were very doable and only 1 hour). The SSB1-2 high volume plans I just completed both gave me calculated FTPs of 315 watts after each ramp test, so I kept the 322 FTP from september. I reckon my weakness is high intensity and I think that my FTP would jump again if I did a few months of build given the large amount of base training over the past months.
Current stats: 5’10, 69kg, 322W FTP, 22 years old, male.
Any help on the matter would be awesome. I look forward to hearing someone’s opinion on this. Thanks for your thoughts guys!