I’ve only just joined the forum and this is my first post, though I have read a number of other helpful posts on the forum before so I know you’re a knowledgeable lot. I was looking for a bit of advice.
I started using TR in the autumn. I started with sweet spot base, then Ironman base (both low volume) and they went fine. The pandemic lockdown started just as I finished IM base and my target race for the year was cancelled. I had been intending to move onto IM Build low volume but as i suddenly had more time on my hands (no swimming, little running) I decided to instead move onto sustained power build mid volume.
I did the first 4 weeks of it with no problems, at an FTP of 209. At the start of the 5th week there is a ramp test, which i did and was a little surprised to see my FTP jump from 209 to 227. However, continuing with the plan at this higher FTP has left me really struggling. I’ve just about managed to complete the VO2 max sessions, but the sustained power sessions (Stromlo, Budawang) have left me gassed after just one or two reps and unable to complete the sessions. I figure that the FTP of 227 is a little too high for me (I did push myself to absolute failure when i did the ramp test) so my proposed solution was to manually drop my FTP down to say 215 and see how that goes. I basically wondered what people think about this and if anyone has any other better suggestions.
Also, out of interest, is it common to struggle with sessions when your FTP has just increased?