Right just did the ramp test on the SSB LV 2. And I lost 5% of my FTP. I was ill for a couple of weeks during the last block. I also had to bail out on a couple of rides as I was carrying fatigue from my other sport. I have some minor health stuff that I am going to jump on now thanks to this.
Part of the consistency problem is that I commute to work by bike and it is too short to get any sort of work in. At this time of year I am in full tights and thermals by now. This is creating a weird inertial. In the spring and summer I just put on the shorts and hopped on the implement of torture (IoT). Then swapped shoes put on my jersey and used the commute as a warm down. Now I am finding the faffing about with kit in the morning distracting. So I switched to the evening which hasn’t helped the consistency either. I was gunning for the LBL sportive end of April for the spring challenge. So what to do?
Now I have been mulling over trying polarized. (I tried to follow the main thread but it has ramified beyond me) This looks like an opportunity. If I get up and go I can easily get in 2.5 hours before work. The kids are teenagers now and not exactly morning people anymore. They can hardly break wind in my general direction of a morning. So I doubt I will be depriving them of anything there. So I was contemplating doing this: Bastardizing the SSB LV2 by keeping the Thursday and Saturday sessions (maybe rejigged on the zone spread), sacrificing Tuesday to a progressive zone 2 commute up to the 2.5 hour limit. Then do something similar on Sunday where I can get around 3 hours in now but can probably extend that in the new year… Then depending on the fatigue and other zone timings do a Wed run too.
Also my current photon torpedo is a 7 year old Lezyne mega drive with a dying battery and the spare is kaput too. I a not a big fan of the size of the thing and the charge time is no use for a 2.5 hour ride. Any recs on a replacement. Was thinking in the 500 lumen class. Would prefer a direct rubber clamp thing and a slimmer form factor as I can then use the thing more naturally with my computer. Right now the computer is dog legged out of the way and blocking my left bar top.