Curious - is it typical to have your power dip during a new training plan ?
I’m in week 5 of a 12-week custom plan ; since starting the plan, my power has been consistently 5-10% lower than normal while doing full-throttle efforts like Zwift races. My 20 minute power averages have gone from 3.9-4.0 w/kg pre-plan to more like 3.6-3.7 w/kg.
My volume has increased – pre-plan, I was typically riding 4 days a week and lifting 3 (weekly TSS between 200 and 500) ; I’m now riding 6 or 7 days a week and lifting 3 (weekly TSS 200-300 during rest weeks and more consistently around 450 during work weeks.) Coach had dialed ime back to 2 lifting days / week, but each lifting day was feeling brutal at that volume. Body felt happier sticking to 3.
I’m not too concerned about it - this is my first structured training plan, though, so I don’t have any points of comparison. Just wondering if this type of power slump is typical when increasing volume ?