Im looking for some of you guys wisdom. So first a little background about me, before we go into my question.
So, ive been cycling since 2016 with around 5-7000km each year. In 2018, i started doing trainerroad/structered workouts for real - and ive reached around 300FTP both in 18’ and 19’. In 18’ i did low volume + I then added an extra outdoor workout pretty often on sundays, or even weekdays. In 19’ I came back from a surgery which kept we away for 6-7 weeks without any training AT all. I went slow into it, and then started the medium volume pretty quick - as I was prepering for LaMarmotte, i knew i had to get some volume.
Anyways - late that season I went to do another surgery, which had me off training for 5 weeks - and which led to a miserable FTP - lower than ever before - which had me quite demotivated, so with struggling with motivation and corona shit, I didnt ride my bike quite as often - maybe 1-2 a week with some weeks off here and there - come september i gained some motivation again and I started medium volume, as I have the time for it. However - my FTP at the start was 240 when beginning following sweetspot base - and i tought to myself, i would see some real gains pretty quick seing where im coming from - but no. Time went by - the plan was followed to the tooth - except 4-5 times where i went outside instead on the cross bike or the madone, but still - was doing the most important workouts every week. First block went by . 7 watt increase… Disappointing… another block went by … yet another 7 watt increase… build going forward… another block went by, and again 7 watt… another block went by… and -5watt !! - Allthough for this last block i need to add, i did the Rapha challenge in denmark, which was brutal with frost weather and alot of rain, and i got a little cold - had three days off and then took petitt sunday, monday rest and then ramp test.
It was a big blow to take really - i was sure - eventhough Rapha isnt structured or anything - that my body would be tougher and stronger - however, it was not. Atleast i had some rest and i was really feeling fresh going into the ramp test - and before Rapha i did all the schedules workouts too… So… this is leading to my question:
Could it be that my body cant handle the training stress enough? I mean with mid volume - Could it be, that the stress is to high for my to get proper rest to accumulate the stress to gains? Or should med volume, allways - having the time - the best option?
Would it make sense to do low volume, and just add a weekend workout and see if that midweek rest day instead of zone 2, could do that I heal proper and get stronger than before?