The more I read on this forum, the more I’m convinced that I’m doing something very, very wrong!
Started with TrainerRoad last November. Selected the Sweet Spot Base Phase (Low Volume) as my jumping off point as I’d never done any structured training.
Took the 2x8 minute FTP test. Came out with 275 FTP. Sounded like a good number so I cracked on. Please keep in mind that up until this point, I had no interest in what I would call the ‘science’ of cycling or sports fitness in general.
Did the six weeks, felt good, like I’d achieved something. Took the same 2x8 minute FTP test. 325! I knew that wasn’t right but, in for a penny, in for a pound, so they say. I trained for two weeks at that level but I’d often have to drop the intensity by 5-7% on the harder hour sessions.
Raced my first full road season this year (I’m 41) and I moved up two Cats so that was pleasing.
Just started to introduce TrainerRoad back into my riding as the weather and light changes but I already know that I’m nowhere near where I was in terms of FTP testing back in February of this year.