Long time lurker here but finally have a question which I have not found an answer to…
So, long story short. Ramp test 2 weeks ago 290w @ 78,5kg. Pretty happy with this since I haven’t gone full on with the training plans, just doing some workouts here and there between riding outside.
I REALLY love doing V02 Max workouts, but the ones I were doing after the ramptest felt a bit too easy… so I manually upped my FTP to 300w, still no issues completing V02 Max workouts, today I even raised the intensity to 105% for the last 4 intervals during Stanislaus -4. I completed Ebbetts as well with the 300w FTP setting, was hard but completed without any backpedaling or such. Finished Brasted at FTP 300w as well - did a few efforts standing up, but no back pedal or such at all.
Now to my questions:
What is causing this? I know I really rode to my limit on the ramp test… my pulse was hitting a few beats below my max pulse before I had to give up…
Currently doing Chads ad hoc 3-week V02 Max “plan”, should I keep adding intensity whenever I feel that its a bit easy towards the end? (Mainly doing this “plan” cause I really like V02 Max work)
I know that my weakness is sustained efforts, is it a bad idea to focus on doing more V02 max? Got a lot of rolling hills in Sweden and I love to kind of “explode” up these. Not really training for anything at the moment except for riding outside (hopefully faster).
My pulse usually never goes up to the “hard breathing, head down” effort level until the last haft of the workout, is this normal? Or are the first half intervals too easy and just delaying the desired effect of the V02 workouts?
Any tips are appreciated when it comes to making sure I am in the right zones and doing correct efforts, since it feels like some workouts are a bit too easy… I know that the 0.93 IF workouts are gonna hurt, but I feel like I usually hurt a bit more during the 0.85 IF ones as well?
Attached below is the V02 Max 3 week booster that I am doing!