Wondered if you could help. I have been on trainerroad for about a year now on a non-smart trainer. What I have noticed is if my bike sits on the turbo for a number of weeks the FTP is the same (even increasing over a week, so I increase the intensity) however from time to time, after using my bike outdoors, when I put the bike back on the turbo my FTP drops massively by 30 watts plus. Annoyingly I have to use the same bike for outdoor rides. Even if I was severely fatigued I cant see my FTP dropping that much any ideas? Or could it be case of I hit it too hard last week? Last thing I want to do is drop my FTP and end up working in zone that don’t encourage adaptation
- I have a seperate wheel for indoors and outdoor rides
- Tyre pressure generally remains the same (plus or minus 5psi - shouldn’t make that much difference?)
- Training time is the same each day
- Nutrition is the same for each ride
- Resistance setting is the same for each ride
- Same temperature conditions (albeit varying a few degrees)
Towards the end of last week I felt great did a long ride on Saturday then had Sunday and Monday off before start this weeks rides on Tuesday. However, the FTP from last week was way too hard, I was hitting my max HR in the warm up. I reduced the intensity but even in the recovery valleys my HR was in the sweetsport zone. I tried again today but I was at least 40 watts off last weeks numbers (my FTP is 225, so this as a percentage change seems to much to be fatigue)
Or am I just physically too cooked? Even through mentally I feel fine. Sleep is good, appetite is normal.
Any pointers would be great, aiming to get a smart trainer in the black Friday deals to at least remove some variables from training as this swing in FTP is both annoying and frustrating.