My apologies if this has been discussed before, but if it was I’m unable to find or remember it.
I’m back to serious structured training for a while now. FTP is improving, a bit less than expected but still visibly improving. I’m currently about halfway through SSB2 LV, having modified SSB1 and 2 to a 3+1 recovery cycle to sync up with my marathon training plan. I target a half distance tri in August with a lot of climbing.
My recent prescribed ramp test gave me a 4% increase, leaving me disappointed. Since I messed with the plan progression the test did not follow a recovery week, I did another after the following planned recovery week and tested another 4% higher. In relative terms that is about what I expect based on past seasons. However in absolute terms I feel like my workouts are a bit too easy. For example, I did Taylor -2 the day after testing and easily overshot the prescribed intensity. Shortly after I did Donner, a workout I used to rank among the most unpleasant experiences I ever had on a bike, but this time it was alright. Not easy by any means, but not as soul crushing and terrifying as post-testing threshold intervals were on the 20 min protocol.
I don’t really mind owning my workouts and do not care about absolute numbers. I wonder though how much would be left on the table when I train with a FTP that’s “too low”. Anything to worry about? Should I modify my testing, maybe with a longer warm up or go back to 20 min? Am I now testing correctly and was overtesting in past seasons? Any ideas, tips and opinions are welcome, I just want to be fastest rider I can be with my limited time.