I’m kind of at a loss here and I wanted to solicit the opinions of you all.
A couple weeks ago I took a new FTP test and got all the way up to 356, did a couple TR workouts afterwards and did them with no problems. Then I went on a trip that I could bring my bike, so I took off my pedals (Favero BePro) but had some issues with my right one. I had the hex wrench in there and actually tightened it when I should have been trying to loosen it. Whoops, my bad. I did get them off though. On my trip I did a couple “fun” outdoor rides where I wasn’t exactly training but wasn’t going easy. (I did some KOM hunting and bagged a couple. Yay!). It was a pretty stressful trip where you could say I was doing “trade show” type stuff.
When I got back a couple weeks later, reinstalled my pedals, and put the bike back on the trainer. Once I resumed training I was having major issues even getting a couple minutes into a VO2 Max interval. It felt like I was pedaling through concrete. I did a zero calibration like always, did a spindown on my Wahoo Kickr, and did the BePro backpedal calibration as well. Still felt way too hard. So I figured maybe my legs were just tired. But this has been going on for about 10 days now, and even when I do an endurance ride around 230-250W I’m struggling.
Normally I would say that I’m overreaching and need rest, but I’m a triathlete so I’m also running and swimming. Those two sports I’m not seeing anything degrade with regards to my performance.
Then last night I was supposed to do “Jacks” which are some longer intervals slightly above FTP. I lowered my FTP to 330 manually just in case I had de-trained a bit. Calibrated everything. Then once I got into the interval I couldn’t keep moving the pedals. Everything was saying that I was around 310-340 Watts but it felt like 450. Eventually I set the trainer to Standard and did the workout based on RPE. When my RPE felt like I would expect a slightly above FTP effort my power was hovering around 240-260. Still, my HR was around what I would expect for that kind of wattage.
So, do I need to rest my bike? Rest everything? Get a new power meter (did I damage them my tightening too much?), Suck it up and suffer properly?
Thanks for your help.