I have a 400km event scheduled for 4 weeks time. So the goal is being both fresh and sufficiently trained. This is a must do event as it’s one of a series of 4 qualifying rides for my A race in late August. 200k done. 300k yesterday was DNS due to work pressure and given the FTP drop probably a good thing but I can’t enter any more 300s this month due to being busy every weekend. So I could now be looking at riding a 400k then 300k then 600k on consecutive weekends in May.
That will make current fatigue seem like a walk in the park. I can push the 600k into June if necessary though leaves no room for manoeuvre if I can’t ride that day (two days) for any reason.
I do have previous experience of doing a ramp test after that kind of sequence. In 2015 I had about 6 weekends in a row of riding between 200k and 400k events. Building up to and riding the same qualifiers. This was a lab test and they said in January FTP 220 and vo2max 52. I did the test again - in April. I got FTP 240, vo2max 48.
This basically is the same pattern as with the recent ramp test result - I topped out at a lower power in April 2015 than January despite having a higher AT. We said then it was fatigue.
In May 2015 I got my kickr and a TR subscription. FTP test (same protocol) in August 2015 was 260.
I’m hoping it will come good with time. For now will stick to 220 based on yesterday’s workout.