So a while ago I posted that SSBII was kicking my butt. Some suggestions I got from that thread:
- don’t raise FTP going from SSBI to SSBII.
- Eat right, cool right, sleep right etc etc
- lower the intensity a bit if still having trouble.
So… I did some of those things. Some better than others. I got a new fan which definitely helps but I don’t think that was making a huge difference to begin with (I had a moderately OK one.) I
I didn’t always get as good of sleep as I should but sometimes I did. I try to eat ride conciously but sometimes my wife/kids want Pizza for dinner.
Anyway, I just finished week 5 and when I say finished I really mean I limped through the last two weeks of workouts. Almost every workout was the same pattern. Start at 100% and I can get through the first interval but then I’m pretty gassed. 2nd interval My HR starts getting above what I can sustain so I backspin 20 seconds and turn the intensity down to 96% or so. 3rd interval I’m really gassed no so I just try to go 2 minutes at a time and take a 30 second back spin. Today on the 1:30 (Leconte) I just started out at 98% and set the 2nd interval at 96% and then last at 94 but I still had to take more backspins the last interval.
Anyway, feeling a bit like maybe it’s just the wrong time of the year for me. When I started everyone (including TR staff) was like, yeah just start at SSBI, go to SSBII, then your builder then specially phase and you’re good to go. But I’m sort of feeling like This might be overtaxing me at the wrong time of the year. I have some big events this summer but is January really the right time to be killing myself on interval workouts? I did take several weeks between the end of the season before I started hitting SSBI and through that session I was able to complete the workouts.
Anyway, it might just be that these last weeks are really exploiting my riding style weekness. The focus shifted to longer intervals at FTP or higher. I’m pretty good at short burst efforts but tend to burn out quickly. I’m light weight and a good hill climber but have trouble maintaining energy on long endurance rides after the first few hours for instance.
So anyway, guess my concern is… what can I expect moving on to the builder phase as I had originally planned it out? Time to reconsider the next 4-5 months before summer roles around? Or maybe this is a good time to try out the new TR career builder and see what it says. Maybe my riding style/stengths just play well to getting a good score on the ramp ftp test IDK.
Other info: 43M been doing the low volume plan BTW.
I wouldn’t actually be opposed to doing the mid volume plan since it has more workouts and some of them are lower % of FTP. I think I can probably handle more TSS during the week. (TSS before I stared TR in the fall was around 400 /wk. but it’s only like ~230ish on the low volume plan.)