Ok so I had been on a plan builder plan this year and had a peak in mid July for my A race. After that race I went on a 2 week vacation and then had another 2 weeks before my next race where I didn’t do any structure. My plan was to recover from that race and start the polarized training plans but when I went back into TR I saw that AT had finally been publicly released (even though I signed up during the beta announcement podcast I never got into the beta…but I’m not bitter) so I’ve started a new training plan using AT. Problem, due to my time off (I assume) I did very poorly in my initial fitness assessment and saw a drop in my FTP from 211 to 194. I did the first prescribed workout (Thunder) and it was pretty easy but I could tell I hadn’t trained properly in a while. Next workout (Newcomb) felt way too easy and during the Saturday workout (Mono) I wound up turning it up, something I NEVER do for over unders. Also I could tell my FTP was set too low because there was no burning building up in the overs. All the While AT is jumping my levels up because I’m saying things are easy. Tuesday’s workout was Geiger and again I turned it up 5% because it was too easy.
At this point I’m thinking I should do a ramp test and reevaluate my FTP…or just manually raise it. But I’m wondering what that will do to my levels? I jumped from a Sweet Spot 3.1 to a 5.6 (Tallac on the dock for today) but that’s based on my FTP being too low. I do remember from the original podcast Nate saying you’d never have to do a FTP test again and AT would automatically update it…but I’m still sitting at 194 and that’s clearly too easy. So do I retest now? Keep turning the workouts up (AT is smart enough to see I’m doing that right?)?
Honestly I don’t have a lot of time left in my season and in a month and a half or so I’ll be taking a break and then starting off season base work again while looking to my 2022 calendar. But I want to make sure I’m giving AT the best info to work with so it has the best change to make me a faster cyclist.