Hey all - new user to TR but experienced cyclist. I was hoping for some advice regarding choosing where to start in my Training Plan approach. I’ve been actively riding indoors all winter so far (with Zwift training plans), so have a really good base established. I started SSB Mid Vol I last week and obtained my FTP (which happens to be a bit different from Zwift’s determination, but that’s a different topic altogether) from the Ramp Test, so I’m thinking it’s not necessarily set incorrectly.
My issue is that all the workouts so far have not been taxing at all. I’ve actually been pushing about 10-15W more than the target power for each workout in order to get a decent workout. I understand the point of “base” is to establish that base fitness in order to build upon it down the road, but I’m concerned that putting in too much time at these lower intensities will have me regress and actually lose fitness.
Should I skip ahead to Mid Volume II? Should I increase my FTP despite what the Ramp Test said? I want to trust the FTP TR provided via the Ramp Test, but my concern is that the workouts are at the correct intensity level, just not at the appropriate time as compared to my fitness level.
Hope this all makes sense.