I’m currently on the 70.3 distance build plan, and every time I have a VO2 max session I get my arse handed to me. I can usually just about finish the workout, but often have to rest half way through an interval if it is longer than 60 seconds. And today I didn’t get close to completing Julius Caesar +3.
I don’t think it is solely an FTP issue as sweetspot sessions feel perfect: challenging yet rideable.
My question is, does it matter?
My focus for the season is a 70.3 in September. And my other races are increasing length triathlons building to that, with the occasional cycling sportive thrown in for fun. So if all my racing is steady state, should I care that I can’t surge again and again consistently? I’m thinking it might be an issue for “bumpy” routes with short, punchy hills, but wasn’t sure.