I need some help. I’m new to TrainerRoad and structured training in general. I have so many questions, but I’ll limit myself right now. I am getting stronger and faster. My FTP has risen to 305 (Ramp Test on Monday) and when I’m on the trail, I’m going faster than ever before without really trying hard. I started in SSB1 at the end of October. I completed SSB 1 and 2, and am just past the halfway point of Sustained Power Build. And some of these Sustained Power workouts are kicking my butt.
I can hit my power targets fine with Anaerobic, or VO2 workouts when I get them. But, in particular, threshold, above-threshold, and some sweet spot are destroying me. I did Stromlo +3 this morning and only made it through 3 of the 5 eight-minute intervals. Starting in #4, I was decreasing the intensity, pausing, backpedaling, anything I have heard mentioned on the podcast to try to get through. This isn’t the first time I’ve struggled with these types of workouts whether in Sustained power or SSB2. The same thing happened with Elephants +4, Raymond +7, Mary Austin, Leconte, Carpathian Peak +2. It’s starting to be a pattern.
I understand that there are a ton of variables. I know about fatigue, rest, fueling for rides, it being mental, etc…I’m trying my best with these variables. I fueled well yesterday, got a good nights sleep, had some raisin toast with honey before the session this morning, and fueled in-ride. I was pumped this morning to crush a type of ride that has given me problems.
When I think about it, I end up spiraling around these thoughts
- I’m not used to this sort of stress/work/training, but over time I will be able to complete them.
- This type of training is identifying a weakness in more sustained work and maybe a strength in the anaerobic/VO2/shorter stuff …I can get better at the longer intervals
- I can test over my actual FTP making these workouts incredibly hard/impossible (listened to the RAMP test podcast and this seems to be really hard to do, and I can hit anaerobic power numbers based upon the given ramp test FTP). I know this has been addressed on some other threads
- It’s all in my head…this could definitely be true, but it really feels like its in my legs when my cadence drops from the 85-95+ in the first few intervals down to less than 40
- Find similar workouts or workout variants with shorter intervals and substitute them and work my way up to the longer ones
- It’s some combination of rest, fatigue, fueling, mental, so I need to keep tinkering with each
- It doesn’t matter I’m getting stronger and faster…I want to land here; I really do. But, I’m somewhat of a perfectionist and it really bugs me that I’m not completing these workouts and hitting the targets all the way through
- What am I missing?
Any thoughts or help is greatly appreciated.