Hey everyone, in the past few weeks I have transitioned from running and cycling with the intent of doing a triathlon, to only focusing on cycling, and I’ve hit a bit of a wall in my training. Before switching to only cycling, I was doing 60 mpw of running with ~10 hours on the bike (low volume triathlon TR plan but only following the bike plan, adding in 60 min Z2 rides on days with nothing scheduled), but am now doing ~15 hours on the bike without any running. Given that I was doing about 1500 TSS per week, I decided to do the high volume TR cycling plan. I have only been seriously training on the bike for 3 months.
Things started out pretty well on the high volume plan, and I tested my FTP at 280 (I tested at 279W two weeks earlier so I feel confident in this number). I handled the first week of training in control, even throwing in a 130 mile ride (10k feet of climbing, average power of 200W) on Sunday before my day off. Coming into the second week of SSB, I feel as though I’ve really hit a wall. Yesterday my workout was Monitor +1 and I had to bail after 4 of the 7 reps of 10 min @ sweetspot with my legs totally spent and my HR reaching 170 bpm (the highest I’ve seen my HR is around 182), and my sweetspot workout today was a similar story. I do all my workouts indoors and this week has been very hot and humid, but I have 2 high velocity fans pointed at me so I feel that heat shouldn’t be affecting me that much.
Given my recent struggles with the high volume SSB, should I switch to a lower volume plan? I felt confident in my ability to handle the high volume plan after how much volume I was doing when I was also running, but this is making me have second thoughts. If anyone has any advice I’d greatly appreciate it as I’m still relatively new to structured bike training.