So this past 4 months have been an introduction to structured training, and I’ve learned a lot about myself as a cyclist from the forum.
Initially after starting the program, I said thresholds were too hard.
After understanding the program and myself more, I think my anaerobic contributions have inflated my FTP. I primarily race DH, and do a lot of van assisted laps. Thus, I have a lot of training similar to V02/anaerobic/sprint intervals. I’ve done very little in the form of base, sustained or threshold training in the past 4 years.
Recently I’ve been confined to the trainer due to injury and I’ve been doing a lot more, including sustained hard efforts during zwift races.
My ai FTP was 211 and I had stuff left in the tank after attempting this on the ramp test. My intervals.icu eFTP is 195, and my threshold efforts felt more realistic at this level. This, I did an 8 minute FTP and 20 minute FTP test, which put me at 195 and 191 respectively.
How have others managed things who are in a similar position? My plan is to use the lower FTP for sweet Spot and threshold, then turn off ERG for V02 max intervals as I find I can hammer these out at a much higher intensity, at least for the shorter intervals.
I’m due surgery on 21st July, so I will be off the bike for a month too.