Wow thanks for noticing my suggestion! Totally unexpected, but very much appreciated!
I like all of your suggestions, and think the most useful would be at least one, perhaps two level mode workouts during the full frontal prep week.
Perhaps one could be for a more intense workout with several surges, hills, sprints etc. and perhaps one dedicated to a recovery ride, (since there’s lots of recovery to do during full frontal). I’d recommend the last one be done a day or two prior to full frontal, or add one 15 minute workout to the day with the “primer” in level mode with on screen coaching and a variety of practice surges, sprints, recoveries and tempo runs.
The day of frontal, I’d recommend the on screen notice prior to the workout warning of level mode as suggested, but perhaps more importantly a separate, (or extended), warm-up allowing not only getting used to level riding, but also to get thoroughly warmed up. A 10 minute warm-up might be okay for a 25 year old CAT 1 crit racer, but for most novices, intermediate riders or advanced riders over 50 years old like me, warmups should be much longer. Personally at 55 years old I seem to do my strongest, longest and fastest rides and races after no less than a half hour of easy to moderate riding, (zone 1, 2 maybe a little at 3).
Also lastly, I’m not sure if you noticed the part about omitting targets that don’t matter. That would be a huge improvement. Instead of saying the targets don’t matter in the beginning of the test, unfortunately the brain is trained to try and stick to those targets. So, if you want a 350 watt effort, but don’t care about the cadence, turn off the cadence target at that point. Or for the sprints, give a little more warning, turn off the targets and just say go as hard and fast as you possibly can. Perhaps a target speed would be better for that. I know outdoors when I sprint I’m usually targeting 30+ mph, and I could care less about power, cadence or heart rate. For recoveries, if only heart rate matters, turn off the cadence and power targets. All that blue to red and various targets are way too confusing during something that’ll drain your brain like the full frontal.
Thanks again! Definitely a pleasure for you to even ask my opinion.
PS: Adding a thought here, something else that threw me off mentally while doing the full frontal test… Sometimes the video changes from chasing or riding in a pack, to some other view like looking at the peloton coming towards you. The test should be always chasing or in the pack… Otherwise you lose your sense of direction. Not that its likely you’ll get turned around or lost, but it messes with your head when you’re full gas, or hitting an effort hard and suddenly you’re looking at the peloton from the back of a motorcycle instead of drafting.