It’s possible I’m the weird one, but has anyone else experienced something similar?:
A recent bike fit moved my saddle position forward significantly (it was waaay too far back due to user-error during installation).
After logging a couple weeks of training rides, I’ve noticed that I can put out more power since my pedal stroke is now more “quad-y” than it has been for a while… but it seems I can’t hold that power for VO2 intervals lasting more than 2 and a half minutes or so.
This morning I started to lose it during Hurd -1 with 30 seconds to go in the third 3-minute interval. My power dropped off a cliff, my quads were screaming, but I felt like I still had some room to play with heart-rate wise.
After the longer rest period, I blew up even more spectacularly only 2 minutes into the next interval. To finish the workout, I dropped the intensity 5% for the last two intervals and was able to keep the power pretty close to target.
My hypothesis is that my quads don’t have the muscular endurance they need to take on their new, more pronounced role in my pedal stroke. Any ideas on how to speed up their adaptation?
I’m doing the low-volume cyclocross specialty plan, and I feel like I could add a fourth workout each week and still be able to recover. What 60-minute SweetSpot workouts should I try sneaking in?
Any ideas on how long it will take for my quads to “catch up” to where the rest of my body is at? Do you think that a little extra SweetSpot time will help or hurt?
Lastly, this morning all my bibs were in the laundry so I threw on a skinsuit and hopped on the trainer. I was hoping the aero-gains would help me get to the end of the 3 minute VO2 intervals faster, but THEY STILL TOOK A FULL 3 MINUTES!!!
Starting to think all this aero-talk is overrated…