I need help! I’ve read people talking about SS and threshold work being hard, but high intensity being easy, but can’t find a thread where people discuss the opposite? I’ve been using TR for about a year and a half now (got me through Leadville last year with a 10:40 finish). Prior to that I just rode miles on my bike. Mostly do Marathon MTB and offroad Triathlon. I’ve always had an “easy” time with SS work, however when the plans move into more supra threshold and V02 stuff it kills me. I usually have to drop intensity on the V02 stuff to finish the workouts (down to 97-95%). From what I’ve read this can be normal. Since January I’ve completed SSBMV, OlyTriBaseMV, OlyTriBuildMV. I’m now back a Base phase (plan builder, which is awesome!). I saw good progression through Base. FTP went 204, 217, 220, and then Monday after Build my ramp test put me back down to 216? I completed a hard local ride about 2 weeks ago with a tough 2 mile climb that I like to hammer occasionally to see where my fitness is at, per intervals.icu my estimated FTP would be 233 (I PR’d the climb). I’m 5’6”, 153 lb, eat a healthy diet and usually get 8 hours of sleep, and have been diagnosed with exercise induced asthma (forgot to use my inhaler prior to the last ramp test so that could have thrown it off).
Here’s my question: Given that I struggle so much with higher intensity should I keep my ramp test FTP (super bummed if I had an actual drop in fitness from all that hard work in Build) or use the one from intervals.icu? I currently have my FTP set to 228 (sort of in the middle). Since I’m back in a base block I figured this wouldn’t hurt? I just don’t want to do an entire base block at the wrong FTP and be doing mostly threshold work when I’m supposed to be doing SS. I hope this all makes sense. Any advice would be appreciated.