Hi all, am new to structured training & I’ve just restarted SSBHV2 again after 6 weeks, dedicating 13-15hrs per week. FTP increased from 233-245 (3,13-3.31 W/KG). Happy with increased capacity to suffer & deliver all workouts 100%, even upping intensity at times by 5-10%.
My objective is to finish 24hr MTB rides in decent condition (I ride 10-12hr MTB rides once a month & 4-6 rides at least once a month) & I think I’ve already got a decent endurance base. My A event is in March 2021, 1600km (994miles) in 9 days, so my focus is to continue building an ultra endurance base while including some Threshold & VO2 max bits, for at least another 6 weeks.
My issue: recently realised that in workouts where I do not increase intensity on all intervals to around 105% I spend a long time in recovery zone (35-40%) relative to the target SS zone ( 30-35%). In my head I could be using a bit more recovery time in Z2 (no real substance behind this thought)
Question: is the more recovery time in SS zones normal? is my FTP under assessed i.e. am I not working hard enough? am I getting ahead of myself & should wait for the Build Phase to really measure my strengths?
I’d really appreciate some advice here. Thank you