I took a FTP test 4 weeks ago at the beginning of Traditional Base 1 ( Traditional Base 2 started today). My ramp test FTP 4 weeks ago was 260 for a 3.28 W/kg. I finished all the workouts in Base 1 but at times they felt a bit challenging, maybe just mentally. I guess I thought they would feel easy since it’s all Zone 2 work. Even my rest week didn’t feel particularly restful.
I had a poor FTP test today starting Traditional Base 2, for plenty of legitimate reason (poor sleep, sick, unmotivated and stressful work day). I know I should have passed on doing the FTP test, and should probably just ignore my FTP score of 242 today.
But my poor FTP test today got me thinking. How is Traditional Base supposed to feel? Should it be easy? Is it supposed to still be challenging, but in a different way than sweet spot and high intensity intervals? Can I expect my FTP to drop coming off my XCO race season that ended Sep 29, 2018 when I was at peak fitness? Will doing Traditional Base at only Zone 2 (Zone 3 in Traditional base 2) effect my ability to reach anaerobic efforts required at the last minutes of the ramp test?