I came straight off the couch to TR. No cardiovascular fitness to speak of. FTP started at 127, was 145 after SSBMVI, and was 164 after SSBMVII. So that’s a 14% improvement followed by an 11.5% improvement.
Now I’m four weeks into short power build (I’d like to do some crits eventually, but I don’t have specific plans to race in the next year). I’ve gained a whopping 1 watt on my FTP.
If my current goal is just to get my FTP up, without regard (yet) for repeatable high-intensity efforts, would it be better to bail on the short power build just repeat SSB2 until my gains start to stagnate?
Seems sort of silly to switch emphasis away from SSB when it’s still giving massive benefits. Why worry about repeating VO2Max efforts when I could just be turning my current VO2Max power into something closer to threshold?
I’ve searched the forums and found similar topics, but nothing that quite answers my question.
EDIT: I’m 61.4 kg, so my FTP is around 2.7 w/kg right now.