Here’s the sitch… Just finished the rest week of first half of Short Power Build Low Volume. Did a ramp test today and got a 4 watt increase. Race is season has started but I have no specific goals this year other than working on being a better/stronger/more tactically savvy crit. racer. In the past I’ve wanted to be a well rounded rider but to my detriment I feel that’s left me just average at all aspects of riding. It seems a little ridiculous to focus on crit racing since I’m a small guy at 5’8 130 lbs but it’s probably the weakest part of my riding so I figured it would be good to focus on it for a season.
My question is: When would be a realistic time in the season to stop testing FTP? I can’t see it being beneficial to keep testing through out the whole of the season b/c if, for example, you’re about to start the specialty phase of training it would make it hard to complete workouts and therefor raising your FTP wouldn’t be beneficial. In my case I almost feel like I should do a few weeks of base then start the build phase again. Anyone else been in similar situation or have tips on how you’ve handled this scenario?