This is probably going to be a pretty long post but I am interested to understand how other people have reacted when they have stepped up to a mid-volume plan.
To give my context, prior to this year I have trained with some structure for about two years however without following a TR programme – it was more of a self managed programme made up of zwift workouts, spin/indoor cycling sessions in addition to 22km return daily commute and semi-regular longer weekend ride 50-70km.
When lockdown hit I decided to finally commit to TR programme, especially without having to worry about garbage miles in commute. Coming into lockdown I was at 316 FTP at c.88kg as measured using Xert albeit with power measurements from 3 sources – home trainer, power pedals on road bike and stages spin bike.
Having now got into the speciality phase of MV rolling road race I am now sitting at a 310 FTP albeit at 83kg. This is really the nub of the question and what I am interested to hear others opinions on, while I have made a marginal gain on a W/kg basis, and I believe significant gains in other areas of fitness, muscular endurance etc there is no gain on overall FTP. I have put this down to my body just getting used to the increased training load, I have been completing the workouts at 100% and have seen good improvement when riding outside but the ramp test never shows much improvement!
I have no complaints about the FTP not increasing I am just interested to hear how others went in similar circumstances and how their performance/body reacted in subsequent plans.
My plan from here is to take 2-3 weeks over the holiday period when the plan ends as a bit of a break, do a few outside rides, zwift races and base/endurance rides before starting another MV structured plan in the new year to see how it goes second time round.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.