This is an issue that I’ve had for as long as I can remember, but it’s gotten more and more obvious over the past few years since I started using TR. My indoor numbers rise, I feel great, but I can’t come close out on the open road.
My ride today was a perfect example. I’ve been trying to get outside more because the weather is good and I don’t have any races to prep for. I’ve got a little TT course that I’ve been riding. It’s hard, ~17.4 miles and 2100 feet of climbing, and takes me ~55 minutes. I’ve had a really good ‘indoor season’ so far in 2020. Several ramp test PRs, currently sitting at 316 W FTP (4.2 W/kg). I’ve successfully done a ton of long hard workouts, holding high percentages of that FTP for long durations.
So today I went out and pinned it. I was working it (or at least I thought I was) the entire time, and I ended up at 258 NP (0.82 IF). I honestly don’t know how I could have possibly gone any harder, and when I got home my legs were completely shelled. And hour at 0.82 on the trainer? No problem, would have felt great. I feel like I should be able to put out higher numbers on the road.
Anyone else suffer from this terribly syndrome? And more importantly, what do you do to get out of it? How did you break out of
low tempo feels all-out on the road?