I’m in the MV sustained power build, week 3, and just did Bashful+6 today. Last week Monday, I did Baird+6.
For some reason, both sessions felt too easy for VO2Max, so I increased the intensity during the second round of intervals. Today, I went up to 108% I think.
Looking at the workouts afterwards, these intervals were 90s at ‘anaerobic’ power vs ‘VO2Max’. For the first time in a while I was able to get my HR up to about 92% of my max HR. The IF of the session was .9 vs the planned .87. TSS was 121 vs 113.
Also, my Garmin indicated an FTP increase by 3W after this session. I hope this is true and will see some nice gains after next week’s deload and subsequent ramp test.
Am I getting the desired training effect by upping to intensity of these VO2MAX sessions, even up into the Anaerobic power territory? If so, by how much? May I try to find the max I can do and still complete the workout? Or should I leave as is? (To be clear: I’m not talking about upping intensity for the other Workout types as that will clearly miss the point).
Or is all of this an indication that I’m outgrowing my current FTP and should I increase for the remaining sessions? Or just hold until my ramp test in two week?
Thanks for any insights!