I have read a number of in-depth discussions on this topic, and I apologize ahead of time for a somewhat repetitive post on this topic. I am wondering if I should take a few days and re-test, or just move forward. Here is the scenario:
A bit of background before my current issue. Over the past few months I had a few “bad” tests. My theory is these have been due to fatigue, “long” weekends with friends (a lot of booze, etc.), and other external factors. Before I started SSBI MV, I had one of these disappointing tests, and took a two-week “reset” and did basically nothing but consistent Zone 2 riding – very little down time/stops, constant power on the pedals. Nothing crazy long (1 to 2.5 hours). Two weeks later, I re-tested, and jumped from 253 to 270.
I went into SSBI MV with 270, and aside from one or two bad days, felt pretty strong throughout. I also felt stronger on rides with friends toward the end of the block, and the last intense workouts were well within my grasp. Fast forward to the “recovery” week, and I did a few things I was worried would put me in a hole. The are: 1) started lifting weights again for the first time in about 4 months (lots of DOMS, tightness); and 2) had another “long” Memorial Day weekend with friends, basically four straight days of drinking, baking in the sun all day, etc., Friday through Monday before my test on Tuesday.
End result from my ramp test yesterday (one day after Memorial Day) – only jumped from 270 to 272. Given all of the factors I threw at myself in the recovery week, is this an instance where I should consider re-testing, or just suck it up and move forward with my slightly higher number and up the workouts as necessary?
Thanks for any input!