Better at Threshold than High Intensity


#1

So I am on week 2 of SSB high volume 2 plan. Things are going really well, while tough I find that I am getting stronger and my FTP is going up. I believe my next test will set a new PR.

After finishing this I am going to do short power build because I ssssuuucccckkkkk at shorter/high intensity stuff. What I’m worried about when starting this plan is that the percent I’m supposed to hit will feel too hard based on my FTP %.

Like I’m going doing the 70-80 minutes of sweet spot between 92-94% but I know that if I’m supposed to go 5x4 min @ 120% I will not hit that for more then 2. Any ideas or suggestions? Do I lower the amount of intervals or percent of FTP? Anyone else here a diesel monster?

Thanks!


#2

I’m more of a steady state grinder as well, but I think the 120% intervals are an issue for a lot of people since coach Chad quietly updated some of the SSB plans recently to drop some of those workouts in favour of shorter intervals with short recoveries.


#3

They suck because you don’t do them. Work through it so that they can suck at a higher power target.


#4

I’ve got a Diesel engine, and before TR did a lot of vo2max and anaerobic efforts outside. They really helped me increase power and ability on group rides to hold longer 3-5 minute efforts above threshold. Looking forward to the vo2max work in SSB-2 mid volume (starts today), and then planning to do short power build.


#5

So sounds like I just need a big class of htfu. Alright that I can do.


#6

Yup. You may also want to try doing a longer warmup, yesterday on a group ride I did 88% for an hour (a lot of pulling), and a few minutes later went off the front with a couple guys and hammered out 118% for 5 minutes. But then we stopped for coffee - no repeated efforts - so ya, easy for me to say HTFU! LOL.


#7

I love this new extended warmup and cool down feature. I add at least ten min to each. At 32 I’m just not able to just hammer things after 5 minutes of spinning.


#8

just wait 24 years ha ha