I know “Intervention plan:” is not the correct name for this, but i don’t know the real name. Regardless of the name, based on my favorable experience with it, i would like to have this formally added to the mix of TR plans
Background (sorry if this is a bit long)
I had got into a FTP plateau for a couple of years and decided i need to try too and shake it up with a couple of changes this year.
First of all i decided to do HV Base and Sustained Power Build as recommended by the plan builder to prepare for a cycling trip to Europe. This was a big ask as i am 56, HV plans were not recommended for mere mortals previously, so i considered i would struggle. I left my FTP where it was (276) and hopped into it. I got half way through the build and Covid-19 came along, the trip was cancelled and i lost my mojo. I kept training without a plan and at a lower volume to protect the immune system.
Once my motivation perked up again, i thought it was time to try Chads VO2max plan to change things up. I had never done an intervention like that before, but after excellent learnings from Tim Cusick and WKO5 webinars, i decided it was time to try and lift my roof to allow my FTP room to grow, and Chad had an informal plan that might do this
I worked through the 3 weeks of Chad’s plan and tweaked the numbers to reflect my own WKO5 power profile over FTP (targets went up)
I am now working through the Baseline testing from WKO5 and the results are unexpectedly good
5 min - 21w up on career best
20 min - 11w up on career best and 20w up on last test
Other test to come.
The purpose of the post is not a brag. it is give encouragement to those who often post about how do get off a plateau. How much i should weight the improvement on the change in structured volume and the VO2 intervention plan i do not know, but i would definitely like to see Chad’s intervention to be a formal part of the TR offering, rather than hidden in the depths of a forum post
And yes i am sold on how TR and WKO5 can work well together