In my “schedule” - I’m literally playing it week-by-week right now - I’m backing off my overall TSS as I’ve progressively built up training load every month since November. I’ve hit diminishing returns and a bit of a performance plateau likely due to fatigue. So I shortened up my interval structure a little bit last week and cut my long ride to just 1:45, a little over 400 TSS for a working week. Planning to aim for 490 as my work week volume and a 65 CTL now, building it based on key interval workouts first, then z2/LT1 filler after.
Seemed to work decently well last week… last night I put down 98% of my FTP for 45min straight. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow - either some tempo after a 2-min all out test or some over/unders delaying the test to next week. Friday - 2x24 @97-98%, higher or lower depending on how I feel.
Overall, I’m still at a peak mFTP (280W, prior to this year 276 was the highest WKO FTP), and I’ve pushed that TTE out to 46min. Prior to my VO2max block I was 276 @1:00 TTE, then I pushed up to 280 with a 39min TTE, so the work to push the curve up now seems to be working. We’ll see in a couple of weeks.
One thing I’ve noticed is that respiration and HR are generally lower for the same higher power… RPE and muscular fatigue are what’s limiting me right now, so definitely targeting the right things in this intensive FTP block.