This is my second year using TrainerRoad but my first year after I finished Specialty Phase I just enjoyed riding outdoors and when I resumed structured training I had a substantial drop in FTP which I expected although not as much as it did drop.
This year I did a base, build and specialty again but in order to avoid the huge drop decided to go back to base again for the summer and do as many rides as I could with outdoor workouts. I started in January with an FTP of 238 and when I re-tested after specialty to start base again it was 272.
Today after 6 weeks of base my FTP has dropped down to 265. I was a little disappointed but was wondering if it is normal to see a drop when returning to base since there is a drop in training load?
There are other factors that could be playing a roll as well. Some rides outside were with my wife on the weekend and since she is not as fast I end up riding at lower power when with her. And then lately there have been some career changes that have definitely left me feeling a bit more fatigued.
So questions are:
- Is the drop normal when going back to base from completing base, build & specialty?
- Should I carry on with new FTP or try and complete workouts with old one?