Hi guys, my name is Nicola and I am an Italian mtb amateur, 40 year old (4000 km per year and 6.000 m elevation) and it is the first year I use TR (used with an Elite Direto and a road bike).
I structured my training program like this:
- Base Phase - Sweet Spot Base (Low volume I & II)
- Build Phase - Short Power Build (Low volume)
- Specialty Phase - Cross-Country Olympic (Low volume)
I started on October 8th with a FTP of 235w for 74kg of weight (3.13w / kg) and I would have to finish on May 1st (unfortunately I had a total interruption of 20 days due to an otitis that led me to a lowering of the FTP at 210w - (2.83w / kg).
Currently I’m in the first lessons of the second block of Sweet Spot Base, I feel good with TR and I feel good legs …
The thing I would like to ask the most experienced of TR is: up to now, in this phase of development of the resistance and improvement of FTP, I always worked with cadences above 85 rpm as requested by the coach.
With traditional training I was used to doing work of strength and resistance at rpm much lower: type 45/55 rpm, why this difference?
Moreover, being a MTB cyclist is it necessary for me to develop these skills to work at such high cadences? Considering that in mtb I rarely risk pedaling so agile?
Thanks for your answers.