So I signed up for TR back in Oct and I’ve made a few posts about initial struggles with doing SSB Mid volume. I train with my partner and she didn’t have issue with the mid vol plan and doesn’t struggle at all with work at or under threshold, but VO2 max has her on the edge of tears. I’m just the opposite, I find VO2 make work while work to not be sole crushing but long sweet spot efforts really make me struggle. My cadence drops and I’m grinding out most 85%-102% intervals by the middle of a workout (currently about to wrap up the low volume Century specialty phase). By grinding out I mean my cadence falls to 65-75 RPM…but my partner is spinning away at 90-100 rpm.
Then yesterday I was reading this post by Chris Wheeler on the TR FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/askacyclingcoachpodcast/permalink/327568021240309/
And the discussion sparked true to me, specifically this comment by Brian Holm: Brian Holm It means you are slightly lacking in muscle endurance and your aerobic endurance is more developed and stronger. As a result, you probably over estimate your FTP on the ramp test because it is more like a Vo2 workout making your sustained workouts harder on an already slightly weaker system.
Ok so going with this what is the best course to build that muscle endurance? I’m sure it’s do more sweet spot work but should I lower my workout intensity? Does this mean I should do (and I’m dreading this) a 20 or 40 min test to get a better assessment of my FTP and then work from there? Or simply turn down my FTP by 10% or something so that I can keep my cadence up for 85%-100% intervals?
I believe this is the reason I couldn’t do the mid volume SSB plan, the fatigue was building up too high because my FTP was effectively set a bit too high due to my ability to do more work (relative to my FTP) in the VO2 max region.
My struggle is that if I just go with a lower FTP I won’t be worked as much in the VO2 max sessions…but I’ll be building a better base, which of course I want.
Thoughts on this wall of words?