Because of some of the other links posted, I’ve been doing a deep dive into this podcast.
This podcast is filled with nuggets of wisdom. A few things stood out.
Most people have an FTP set too high especially if they are an anaerobic skewed person and doing a ramp, 8 min, or even 20 minute test.
The RPE of SST should be pretty easy. The RPE of an FTP workout should also be doable. It should feel like a slow burn. It’s not nearly the intense RPE you feel when doing an 8min or 20 minute test. If SST is crushing you, see #1.
He usually prescribes FTP workouts below FTP - even 10% below which then overlaps with SST.
Watts Doc #2 - You’re training too hard for Crits - this was a good one. It reinforces that 99% of what most of us do is aerobic, not anaerobic.
Watts Doc #3 - Is there anything special about 2x20 - some interesting points about FTP training here. Thinking about building out how long you can work at FTP rather than raising your FTP. Better to increase time @ 90-95% FTP during a build block.
Watts Doc #7 - What is Base Really? - One of the interesting points was that maybe base is really just enforced rest. A lot of base riding is maintenance. If you do a more intensive base (SST) then you will need more rest. I think most of us forget that one!
Watts Doc #9 - Strength and Endurance - some interesting points on the physiological adaptations caused by strength training and when the adaptations interfere with endurance training.
His podcast is about 13 hours of deep dives. If you don’t love Chad’s deep dives then this is not the podcast for you.
Overall, I really like his balanced approach.