I went from 227 to 218 after my 2nd 4 week block in Short Power Build, and I think that’s because i overdid it. The training was fine, but I don’t think I was fueling/recovering/resting enough for it, so I feel just completely thrashed right now even after a solid week of recovery. I don’t think my actual FTP is 218, since if i’m honest I don’t think i stuck it out as much as I could have, but I do think it’s not a bad idea to let it sit at 218 and bring it back up quickly. I have 4 weeks of sweet spot base 2 coming up, so it’ll be a good opportunity to build aerobic fitness and work on my off the bike elements (sleep is probably my biggest issue).
I was doing fine with the VO2max workouts in the last build phase, but was being BRUTALIZED by the high SS/threshold workouts, and was taking small bailouts left and right in 14-16 min sustained intervals. Perhaps my Vo2 is in better shape than my aerobic fitness, and the last test put me higher than my aerobic fitness could handle? Either way i’m glad SS base is coming up so I can spend more time on sustained aerobic power again and get that locked down before doing more build work.
This is the first time that i’ve gone backwards, and it feels like shit since i’m still early enough into structured training that I feel like i should be flying up faster, but I think it’s a good learning opportunity. The real test will be if i can bring it back over the next 4 weeks. Or maybe i just had a bad day and i’m overthinking it. Either way nothing to do but keep training.
for context, I just finished the 8 weeks of Short Power Build. After the first 4 weeks i went from 212 to 227, but i DUG SO DEEP on the FTP test, which is why I think i just couldn’t sustain it for the remaining build phase, and ended up just thrashing myself to hold on.