Hopefully folks will indulge me, and maybe commiserate if they’ve shared the same experience. But this is kind of a ridiculous topic (it’s a rest week, this kind of thing happens!) and I really should just keep up and go forward. Anyhow, Feb last year I started general build HV with a self selected FTP of 280. Looking back, I was doing stuff like 9min @ 102% and 5min @ 110% with no pauses and even over-under stuff like Picket Guard with only a couple of pauses. It seems like in the 2nd half of general build, around the time of Spanish Needle +3 (lol), I must have decided that maybe I was overreaching with the FTP target and set myself back down to 275. I see, for example, South Twin +6 (3min @ 120 in sets of 3) was one in which I paused a ton.
I completed general build once, and for some odd reason decided it would be a good idea to start general build again, but set my FTP to 275 in hopes I would be more successful in workouts, which I was (like McAdie +1 with no breaks). I only did the first half of general build the 2nd time around and then I had a long road race at the end of April and then got into SSB2 as I was kind of resetting to race CX. I’ve kept my FTP at 275 until now (I feel really good and will definitely be going up a notch for SSB2)
But as I look back and now read about others’ experiences with stuff like over-unders and at 120%, I’m kind of looking back and wondering if I might have shortchanged myself a bit in not continuing to challenge myself at the higher level as opposed to taking the safer route just because I was struggling at times and viewing those struggles and occasional pauses as signs that I was aiming too high with the power.
Anyhow, this is a rambling post, just curious to see what some other people think and if anyone had any similar regrets in hindsight where you maybe should have kept pushing. Is it possible to get through some of these workouts too easily (like over-unders and 3min at 120%) where it’s hard not hard enough to make you want to give up at least once or twice?