I’ve read, searched and know there is a bunch of stuff out there, but feel compelled to start another thread on recovery weeks and assessments.
Background: 43, M, cyclist coming back from basically a 3-year hiatus from any serious training due to work. Very used to disciplined training and racing previously. Basically did a pretty unstructured year July 2019 through August 2020, but stuck to “normal” periodization protocols. Shifted exclusively to indoor training in October and started TR on MV programs. I’ve completed SSB I & II and just entered General Build.
Issue: Every time I complete a recovery week and go into the next Week 1 assessment I die and completely “fail” the assessment. Like, really fail… like only get to 75% of my FTP with HR and RPE through the rough. I’ve re-tested days apart, tried different assessment protocols. Get frustrated and use WKO+ and my RPE at the end of the proceeding block to conservatively raise my FTP (no more than 5%).
After a week of feeling like poo mentally and physically after all this, I’ve generally completed all assigned workouts well and on target.
Question: I’ve read about some physiologies require more constant stress (openers, “touching” VO2 and threshold systems) even during recovery periods for them to stay sharp. Should I seriously considering “re-building” my recovery weeks or look to change when the assessment is done and keep the recovery weeks as is?