So last winter I completed the first structured workout plan in my life. It was with TR of course. Not having had too much of an athletic past and having focused mainly on non-competitive mountain biking, I was happy to make it to 3.4 w/kg. I completed the Build Plan (LV, Short Power) around late April and switched to outdoors biking to reap the benefits of my training. Then I went back for a workout today and…ouch. I thought I could attempt Spanish Needle at my April FTP. That was a failure within the first interval. Then I tried Augusta -3 just to see if I can sustain Threshold power for 12 minutes. Nope: had to trim down power by as much as 15%.
My fitness has dropped by a lot but I don’t want to give up the limited time I have for even a LV plan to recover/maintain fitness if I can be riding outside. So should I give up indoor workouts entirely, or, if I can find the odd one or two days per week - what workouts would you recommend to arrest the degradation of fitness? Should I do another ramp test to bring me back to reality?