I am new to structured training (and fairly new to cycling in general). I absolutely love it! I began TR in October and started off with the Sweet Spot Base I and II low volume plans. I finished both plans successfully, only having to bail out on Mary Austin -1. As can be expected with a new rider, I had FTP increases after completing both plans.
I began the Sustained Power Build low volume plan a few weeks ago and had no major issues with completing the workouts in the first half of this plan. I completed the ramp test for the 2nd half of the plan last week and had a slight increase in my FTP. Washington +4 nearly killed me. I had to lower the intensity towards the end of the 3rd interval. By that time, my legs were cooked and I struggled to complete the workout even with the drop in intensity. However, I was able to complete Fish -2 this afternoon. Fish -2 was tough but I completed it at 100%.
Looking ahead, the workouts in the 2nd half of the Sustained Power Build low volume plan look absolutely brutal compared to the first half workouts. The rides just under threshold or just over threshold look to be impossible for me to complete given the power output that is expected, the duration of the intervals, and the short rest periods in the workouts. Now my question…Has anyone else struggled with the 2nd half of this plan? My thought is that because I am so new to cycling, my endurance is not quite where it needs to be for these longer interval workouts. Any tips, advice, or words of encouragement would be appreciated as I almost sold my bike and took up quilting after Washington +4.