Female, age 45-55, new to SUF here, was using a “dumb trainer” before getting smart trainer and joining SUF. Been working the Fitness Kickstarter for 6 weeks and took the Half Monty (no HR monitor) ramp test yesterday. My MAP estimate declined by 5 watts…
Started with these values after FF:
So I’m a “sprinter” with substantial weakness in sustained efforts. After pushing hard on my workouts and following the training plan quite strictly - I didn’t expect big gains - but I didn’t expect MAP to drop to 190. Is this a big enough drop to worry about? (2.5% drop)
I can imagine any of the following may have contributed to these results:
- Test time of day. When I took the FF I did it one morning. My HM was done in the late afternoon. Perhaps I should repeat HM in the morning hours? My training workouts are all in the afternoon, but when I first took FF it was in the morning.
- Sleep: We just switched a week ago from daylight savings time here on the East Coast of USA to standard time (so it’s darker earlier in the evening). I know most people’s circadian rhythms can day a week to recover… but this seems unlikely.
- The original FF MAP value was an overestimate
- Mentally, the FF MAP interval felt like I may have pushed myself harder. Knowing “you must keep going the full 5 mins” of the FF MAP section seems different from the HM ramp expectation: “you must stop when you can’t hit your target.” So…perhaps I should have pushed harder to hit the Step 10 target… but at 214, I was barely able to get to 211 and couldn’t get higher so I stopped per the instructions to stop as soon as you can’t hit target.
Am I the only “poser” in Sufferlandria? Oh the shame…