I just subscribed as a new cyclist after doing a month and a half of pretty unstructured training on my direct drive trainer (power meter + HRM).
I’ve created a plan using plan builder and am a little over a week in. Whenever I complete a workout I’m getting adaptations recommended (which is super engaging tbh, so I do like this feature a ton!); however, these always seem to be making my future workouts much easier. For example, my Sweetspot ride today that 3.1 and I completed it successfully without any issues, marked it “medium” (but maybe should have said “easy”) and it bumped my next Sweetspot from 4.0 to 3.1. Last week I did a Breakthrough training and it was between medium and hard. I completed it without any issues, but subsequently, a lot of my rides were blitzed down to lower PLs.
I don’t necessarily think this is WRONG, but since I don’t really understand WHY it does this, my question is:
Should I just trust the process and always accept adaptations? Or should I make the call and try to push toward the original plan builder workout?
I’ve been erring toward “accept adaptations” because I assume the data and engineers are smarter than me about this and will do a better job keeping me injury and burnout free than I could on my own with my limited knowledge, but I would love some confirmation on that philosophy.