I failed a few intervals on Spencer, but can complete Palisade without issue. Am I just not cut out for 120% repeats? I have thought my FTP is too low on previous workouts. Working through SSBLV2 after successfully completing every workout in SSBLV1. No bump in FTP from 1 to 2 but I suspect it was set too high during phase 1. What is going on here? What, if anything, do I need to adjust? My legs were tired but not wrecked when I started the session.
The rest of the story:
I was working really well using virtual power and a travel trac fluid trainer. I was seeing FTP boosts and absolutely getting stronger. I bought a new Kinetic with InRide, retested and attempted to complete my specialty phase on the new trainer. I WAS NOT READY for a real trainer. I died trying to complete those specialty phase workouts.
Dejected, I moved back to SSBLV1 and started climbing the mountain from the bottom. I have no ‘A’ race per-say. I just want to improve fitness all year round so moving back to base was a non-issue. I am primarily an Olympic distance triathlete that also enters running races all winter and spring with MTB races on the side in the summer and maybe a 40k TT or 2.
I totally crushed SSBLV1 and retested with no increase in FTP. Looking at the two tests (first second) I definitely performed better the second time through. Worth noting, the reason I think my FTP was set to high the first time is the ramp test was done without calibration. I did not stumble cross that nuance until a handful of rides in.
I accepted the steady FTP and started in on SSBLV2 and have crushed all the workouts. Crushed them so hard, in fact, that I thought my FTP was low. Until I came across Spencer. I could not complete the intervals at target power. And now I am staring down Kaiser for next week. Same intensity and duration as Spencer, but with another interval thrown in.
What is going on here? Being a triathlete, am I seeing my steady state training coming into play here?
These intervals hurt so bad I am in no way ready for anything close to a raise in FTP for VO2 intervals, but I feel totally ready for an FTP bump in literally all other workouts.