Ok so a bit of back story: girlfriend and I signed up just before the rate increase and are now in our 8th week of use, 2nd week of SSB Mid Vol 2. I had some issues initially completing some workouts but after I wrote this thread: New user struggling in 2nd week of Sweet Spot Base
I decided to stick to Mid Vol 1 and not mess with moving workouts around as much. For the rest of SSB MV1 I was completely successful, completing all workouts without needing to lower the intensity of any of them. 2 weeks ago started SSB MV2 and now that I look back I see that you’re all going to yell at me for even making this post as maybe it’s obvious what happened. First off we did the ramp test and I gained 8 points in my FTP…woo hoo it’s working. Now this was Thanksgiving week and things were going to be odd because of Thanksgiving and days off work and Zwift events and and and. So right after the FTP test on Tuesday we did our Wednesday Petit ride. Then pulled the Thursday ride into Wednesday, then got up Thursday morning and did the Zwift Tour de Turkey (and hour and tried to go chill), Friday we pulled Kawea in from Saturday, Saturday we did a Sub 2.0 Zwift group ride…this was 90 min and very chill, finally Sunday we did the prescribed ride which was Geiger +2.
That all went fine and the next week was fine too…no issues completing workouts. Last week started out fine too. No problem with Mills on Tuesday, did Petit while fasted on Wednesday morning, no problem with Jepson Thursday evening, total rest on Friday. No the problems start, Carpathian Peak +2 on Saturday; in the first set of intervals I know I’ve got trouble right away and before the end I’ve spiraled to death. I lower the intensity 5%…10%…15% and just can’t. As the second block of over unders starts I spiral again and I just quit the workout and ride mostly zone 1 while my girlfriend finishes (she has yet to fail a workout at 100% which is getting frustrating as she has cycled for 18 months vs my 15-20 years on and off). We discuss what may have happened…maybe it was improper fueling I thought. Breakfast was mostly protein and fat (2 eggs, an avocado, 2 slices of toast, 4 slices of bacon and coffee) and while I took 4 GU blocks right before the start maybe I was already destined to fail due to bad fueling.
Ok let’s regroup and hit it on Sunday, Juneau -1 doesn’t go over FTP, I’ll fuel a bit better…I’ve got this. Breakfast is Kodiak Power Cakes bacon and coffee 2 hours before the ride and right before we start I have the other 4 GU blocks from yesterday’s pack. Start out and I literally say the works “Oh this isn’t bad. I could do this all day.” as we enter the first set of SS. Start the 2nd set and it became clear that it was in fact going to be bad. https://www.trainerroad.com/career/grasschopper/rides/45333189-juneau-1 Pretty instantly into the second block I can’t keep my cadence up and shortly after the mid block rest I’m lowering the intensity again, and then again. I DO wind up finishing this workout but at 20% down.
So this is really frustrating to me. Were these failures really caused by moving my workouts around 2 weeks ago? The first time I can see that it was right after a week of doing added TSS with outdoor events and then during a week where I stacked all 5 workouts together and didn’t allow rest. Ok that was dumb. But the past 2 weeks have been on schedule, Monday and Friday total rest…yes 3 weeks ago we shuffled things around and added a couple of rides but it’s been fine since. I’m doing no other training (so no running, no lifting, no exercise classes) currently, the cycling is it.