I’m new to training and TR. I’m ~3 weeks into a base build. I consistently find myself pushing 10-15+ watts more that what the intervals are suggesting no matter what type of workout I’m prescribed. Is this normal to always want to push for more or am I screwing up my training and recovery by not following the prescribed thresholds?
Background - My FTP from my first ramp test 3 weeks ago was 147. Immediately after I finished I was disappointed and felt like I could have squeezed out another 10% at least. The week prior I had guesstimated my FTP to be 225 (looked at 1 months worth of previous unstructured ride data) and when I hit that number the last 30 seconds of the ramp test I sort of just gave up thinking “yeah this is my number, don’t wanna push to hard or training the next few weeks will be too hard”. Lo and behold thats not how the ramp test works and my resulting FTP was 147.
I was thinking I would be pooped for my hard rides by pushing so much on the easier rides but this has not been the case 3 weeks in. The volume of workouts has been fine.
Is this normal? Should I add +1 to every ride from here on out, retest my FTP now, or just wait to retest my FTP in 4 weeks as prescribed by the base build plan.