Been lurking around here a while now, figured it was time to finally create an account and join the discussions.
Long story short, I’m looking for a plan recommendation after being unable to complete general build, medium volume.
Background - I started riding (semi) seriously in 2016, after buy a decent road bike. I wasn’t overly into biking on it’s own; I needed a form of cardio that was enjoyable enough that I would do it on a regular basis, and we’d just had a few really bad incidents (volunteer firefighter), so something that put me away from town with no way of being interrupted was ideal. Once the weather got bad, I bought a Kickr Snap and moved indoors. After a few months of that, work changed and I stopped biking. Total time was about 6 months, reached an FTP of 211.
Beginning of this year, I started riding on the trainer again, just random rides for the first month, and then in February started sweet spot base 1 (MV), with an FTP of 172. Midway through, I did another ramp test as things seemed too easy; jumped up to 200 and then to 220 at the start of sweet spot base 2 (MV). Finished both without any issues (other than time - replaced a few of the longer workouts with shorter, higher intensity versions due to work constraints).
Started general build MV, ramp test gave an FTP of 265. Made it 3 weeks, completed all workouts at 100% up to (and including) junction -1. Couldn’t make it past the second interval on the next workout, Tallac +2. Took a week off due to some stuff that happened (ugly fire call), did 2 of the rest week workouts, and then ramp tested. Came in at 272.
Bays was the next workout; it seemed harder than most of the active recovery workouts, but heart rate was similar to expected. Dade +4 the next day, made it through 6 of 9 intervals, couldn’t go any further. Lost motivation, took another week off.
Did a light outside ride yesterday (about 30 minutes), and then tried a time-crunch 45 workout today - Red Slate -4. First interval was hard, dropped to 96% for second interval, made it 7 minutes in and couldn’t turn the pedals anymore. Heart rate and breathing were maxed out. Ended the workout.
I think my FTP increased too quickly, and I don’t have the necessary base built up. I would have expected that going from an FTP of 172 to 275 that I would have seen improvement in my outside ride, but it was pretty much on part with what I was able to do 4 years ago, at an FTP of ~200. I’ve also noticed that at work, climbing stairs and ladders is no easier and I’m just as out of breath at the top as I was at the beginning of the year.
Was thinking to start over with sweet spot base (MV) 1 this week, and run through base 1 & 2 again, then attempt build. I really like the 5 days per week of MV, as it keeps me motivated and gives me a fairly constant daily routine. But due to work, I will have to adjust the Sunday workout to something shorter - ideally, under an hour. Last time, I replaced these workouts with the Sunday workout from Time Crunch 45.
Is this a good path forward? Is there a better option?
Sorry if the post is overly long; figured I should include as much information as possible. Thanks for reading