I must have been kidding myself for the last two months. I’ve been a Sufferlandrian for over 18 months now. I’ve tested Full Frontal three times, the last one being January and each time achieved a modest improvement in all metrics. I’ve also tested with the Half Monty in between and each time the FTP & MAP figures improved in line with the FF results. I’ve trained more consistently this year and did my latest Half Monty in May with a modest +6W FTP / +8W MAP gain which seemed plausible and I was delighted to see record figures for me.
I then embarked on MAP & FTP building blocks programmes, then attempted the Volcano Climbing programme. I aborted this in the second week due to illness, rested, then started again two weeks ago.
In the last 2 months, aside from recovery workouts, I have failed to complete each and every training workout. I’ve had to take extended recoveries between sections, skip sections, turn down the power settings, all sorts of methods just to get to the finish. It’s been somewhat demoralising.
However, after last week being brutally beaten by The Hunted, I decided I had to ease off. I just turned down my workout settings to the level of January’s FF and tonight rode Defender. It was totally achievable and has given me a confidence boost.
Tomorrow it’s Power Station which I know will not be so easy. I plan to finish off the Volcano Climbing programme, take a week off then build to Full Frontal test again.
(Despite my failings I have felt great on the road. I even did a 100 min ride last week and averaged 1.01 Intensity Factor with Normalised Power above my FTP from the May Half Monty.)