I’m struggling with what seems like little gain in my second year of TR training. Wondering if the oracles on this forum may pick up something obvious!
I started using TR in November 2019 training for the 2020 season, when I was really pleased with my FTP increases and all-round riding using:
- Mid volume mtb marathon plan
- 2 days per week in the gym based on recommendations from Joe Friel’s MTB Training Bible.
My high point was an FTP of 234 and a weight of about 72kg in March 2020. I got my best ever race result (4/26) in one of the few races in 2020 (Dirty Duo, North Vancouver).
I came back keen in October 2020 to plan for a 2021 season. I figured after such good results in 2020, even if I wasn’t going to race in 2021 because COVID I should train anyway for fast, long MTB rides. based on my gains last year, I decided 3.5w/kg would be a fun goal to push for.
Today I did my ramp test for the start of the build phase, and my FTP had hardly moved all the way through the base phases - it’s still 178. Is a low / no increase to be expected in year 2 of base phases? Am I doing something wrong? I still feel good and my Strava times seem OK (hard to tell with a new bike / awful weather recently).
What’s different from last year:
- Gym. I am doing 1 leg squats, jumps, planks at home with no weights but much higher reps. Last year I was going all Joe Friel with knee extensions, leg presses and squats with weights.
- Weight. I have been ‘sensible’ (i.e. cutting out crap) with food and have dropped my weight from 75kg in late summer to 69kg now. FWIW I am 178cm tall.
- My indoor riding is on a ‘dumb’ turbo where last year I was on a more ‘intelligent’ bike in the gym.
- Because I started earlier, I put more time into each phase of my training when planning.
- I’m a year older - now 42.
I’m sure I’m not the only one having a hard time in year 2 - pointers much appreciated! With a full time job, family and volunteering commitments, more time training is a no-go.