Ok so I’ve made 2 posts in the past about failing workouts and looking for the reason why, see those here:
After the first post I was able to complete SSB Mid Vol 1 with my set FTP of 236. So I feel the feedback that my initial messing with outdoor rides and pushing workouts around (rather than skipping them) to do all of them gave too much stress and not enough recovery. Then SSB Mid Vol 2 started. FTP showed an 8 watt increase up to 244. Great, we had an initial hurdle, we dealt with it and we saw gains. But after my first 2.5 weeks of SSB Mid Vol 2 (weekend week 3) I started failing workouts and made the second linked post above.
Coming out of that video I tried several things:
- Calibrate KICKR more regularly - Calibrations came back consistent time after time. Same offset each time.
- Moved my PowerTap P1 pedals to my trainer bike and tried PowerMatch - I HATED PowerMatch and in comparing my power numbers given by the pedals to those given by my KICKR they are almost always within a handful of watts after the KICKR gets warmed up (so after 10-15 min)
- Took several rest days and lowered the level of many rides by as much as 20%. The only workouts I could do at 100% for the rest of SSB Mid Vol 2 were the final week’s taper/endurance workouts.
Then this week I started my Build phase…set up low volume sustained power build as I will be doing a Yosemite cycling camp in mid May. Ramp test on day 1 showed a DECREASE in my FTP down to 231 watts. So loss of 5 watts from my starting point and 13 watts from my test at the start of SSB Mid Vol 2.
So I’m at a bit of a loss here and looking for direction. A bit more about me, I’m 45, 5’10" and now 225lbs. I was down at 215 when I started TrainerRoad but I stopped intermittent fasting and increased my caloric intake…plus the holidays happened. I had been on a caloric deficit before starting TrainerRoad as I know I’m too heavy. In July 2017 I was 263 lbs so I had lost 50 lbs and my goal is to get under 200…which I haven’t been since 1993ish (long long time). But additionally I want to be a stronger rider which is why I started using TrainerRoad and not just Zwift.
So I guess I wonder if TrainerRoad is even for me. My #1 goal is weight loss. I’ve listened to the podcast and I’ve heard Chad harp on the fact that you can’t be in a caloric deficit and get stronger on the bike which was why I was eating more. But weight gain is no bueno so I WILL be cutting back on my caloric intake again (already have as of Jan 2nd). So is there a TrainerRoad path that will help with my weight loss (I will be lifting and adding in some other activities/exercise)? Or is TrainerRoad just not for an enthusiast like myself?
It all gets more frustrating as my girlfriend signed up the same day and we do the workouts together. She is getting stronger and has never failed a workout. Her FTP is now up to 201…so great for her. Why am I struggling with this so much? Yes I know we are different people and different people will respond differently, male vs female, she’s 10 years younger and she’s only really ridden a bike for 19 months where I have cycled on and off for years (though hadn’t for a couple back before July 2017).