So far, so good. I’ve been coming along in leaps and bounds using TR and mixing in outdoor rides.
I’m 40 years of age and hadn’t ridden a bike in around 19 years when I bought a mountain bike a couple years back.
My job is physical and I’m fairly active so it wasn’t like coming straight off the couch. I’m no hero in that regard.
I started with SSB 1 and 2 LV. Compliance was a mixed bag due to the usual first world problems, but I mainly just stretched out the plan to get the bulk done.
Then came SPB LV. Ouch. I persevered and stretched things out again as needed.
That stretching out meant that I had my first race in the middle of the XCM MV specialty plan. 100km of rough sandstone with plenty of climbing and I was sore.
After an easy week with some short and intense rides I returned to the plan. Three weeks later I was doing the last two days of a stage race after the prescribed taper.
A 68km with a half hour sustained climb near the beginning and a 40 something km ride with loads of good single track.
I pulled up pretty well after the races and placed around the top 30% in all of then. I never came close to crashing because of exhaustion and poor decision making. That was my goal and I’m happy with the positions based on the risk levels. (Yep, traffic sucks, but it’s not worth an accident).
I’m hoping to get some special snowflake advice in regards to the next part of my season (TR wise).
My ultimate goal is to do a stage race in October and I was expecting to jump back into the back end of SSB MV 2 before working through GB MV and heading into XCM MV again.
The problem is that I’m failing the SSB 2 workouts. I was around 240-245 FTP on the Kickr during the races and doing sweet spot or threshold at that level is killing me this week. Taylor -2 on the other hand had me loving life again.
Is it just that I haven’t built up to the longer intervals at threshold over the entire SSB plan? Should I be doing something else before I start the GB plan? Should I simply start the GB plan and bank the extra couple of weeks as backup?
I’m in a weird spot were I’m not sure if the problem is my legs, or a motivation issue on the trainer. My heart rate is definately suggesting the later.
Part of the problem is that I’m new to cycling and the learning curve has been massive while trying to fill in the gaps. Please bear with me in that regard.
I need advice on getting my training back on track as I don’t have time to experiment before my race in October.
For further reference.
Starting FTP on ramp test of 177 using virtual power. Approx 37 watts higher than Kickr reading.
Currently at 239+ on the Kickr, which is controlled by TR.