In the space of 2 week I seem to have lost about 20 watts (FTP now 186 from 210) and I’m at a bit of a loss. Seems mostly in my legs - pain/ lactic builds at powers that were previously a doddle.
A brief history:
Only been using TR for past 10 months, came in after a few months off the bike but was previous to that was a daily commuter and weekend warrior.
First ramp test in Jan put me at 154 and completed SSBLV1.
Ramp tested at 157 and completed SSBLV2 - during this block read about ramp test focus on V02, realised sessions were a bit too easy so gradually knocked up intensity throughout.
8 min test at 184 and completed 45min time crunch MV - again sessions were a bit too easy so gradually knocked up intensity as I went.
8 min test at 203 and completed SSBLV1.
8 min test at 203 and completed SSBLV2.
8 min test at 205 and completed 1st half of Sustained build LV.
8 min test at 210 - during test HR wasn’t peaking at where I’d expect (few beats lower than usual) and legs were really struggling. Halfway through 1st session (washington+4) my legs exploded.
After this, I took another recovery week, then tried Truuli as an opener and again legs were really struggling. Took a week off thinking an illness was coming, and tried a few other easy sessions whilst gradually decreasing intensity still struggling with the legs.
Just over 2 weeks later and I used ramp test again last night (simply because I was at a loss as to where FTP might be at) and came out at 186. Even then, HR wasn’t where it has been in the past - legs were the limiting factor.
Trying to figure out where I’ve gone wrong. Not too concerned about numbers, I’m not racing - using TR purely to maintain fitness - just don’t want to make the same mistake again.
Was Time Crunch 45 a mistake as it’s all HIIT/ V02 style workouts - has this given me an FTP bump that is volatile?