So think I had my first “failed” effort today, and not sure why. For those in the ToS recovery plan, I did the GCN Torque Monster for the first time today. Reading the prep on the workout, and all of the power vs. cadence discussions, I did the GCNTM workout in level mode, trying to match power targets.
The workout felt…too easy, and I’m not sure why? Ran it at 100%, and my HR% and RPE’s were nowhere near specified targets. And clearly I wasn’t working NEARLY as hard as the presenters.
My last FF was mid-January, before I started prepping and completing the 2021 ToS. While I expect a bump on my next effort this weekend, I find it hard to believe I could’ve made such significant gains in 7 weeks that this morning’s GCNTM would be “easy”.
Some other things I noticed was presenters kept pushing max effort on the surges, which my profile clearly wasn’t requiring. I also noted their leg speed in the slow grinds was way more than 60rpm, which was posted in the workout. The only time I was up to their level of RPE was in the last couple of intervals where I just ignored the profile, jumped onto my big ring, and hit the 60rpm grind, where my power #'s were 2-3x what the workout specified.
So am I just supposed to ignore the profile and go with the presenters when they say “max effort”? As stated, I’m knocking out another FF this weekend, so expect to see improved numbers for future workouts, but not gonna lie - I’m confused. Feel like I cheated my suffering this morning; waiting for the Sufferlandrian Police to come knocking.
On a FF side note: is it a good or bad thing that all of my “Badass Power Records” are from my FF?