I have been a regular user of TrainerRoad for just over 1 year now, and have seen my FTP rise from 265 (3.4w/kg) to most recently 323 (4.25 w/kg). I am a big fan of the 5 day plans as they fit well around my working life.
I have, however, noticed a recent trend… not finishing workouts. In particular on Thursdays, which on my current plan (Rolling Road race) usually have an anerobic workout like ‘Merced’. The key thing that stops me from pushing on is my legs simply can’t produce the power - I am very head strong and can grit, but when your legs feel like led even the hardest of people can’t keep up. I find that its not reflected in my HR, but generally the feeling in my legs. I become aware of it in the warm-up and know that, if they feel heavy there, the chances of finishing are slim.
There are a number of variables I have considered:
- Fatigue: I always complete Tuesdays hard workout, and run on Wednesday, amongst commuting to by bike (10k each way). I do around 170-200k on the weekend, which will usually be a long outdoor ride and a TR session on Sunday.
- FTP not capturing full power profile: I have a background in rowing, and am able to perform well on tests, perhaps disproportionately to my training capacities, in particular anaerobic. I usually find Vo2 or sweet spot have higher success rate (not necessarily easier, but can push on)
- Not headstrong enough?
- Warm-up not warming me up enough…
Please share any similar experiences you have had and tips for getting round this. Thanks!