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    • #21785
      AvatarSylvia123
      Participant

      Current Plan: Masters Bike, Build, Peak & Race (previous stacked plan was Masters Bike Base Training). I am at Week 5 of Build plan. I have not been able to complete the L5 two sets 3×3 workouts since starting the Build plan. I am able to maintain the requested power for the first interval of the first set, but for the 2nd and 3rd intervals my power drops quickly and I have to turn off the ERG mode just to continue spinning at whatever power I can (usually 20W below requested power). The last 3 intervals of the second set are done at very low power and I cannot complete them. I feel very drained and defeated afterwards. My FTP is set correctly, I am able to do the other work outs. The L4: 3 x 15 workouts are difficult but I can complete them. Q1: Should I continue fighting my way through the L5 workouts? Q2: Am I still reaping the intended benefits by working at a lower power? Thank you!

    • #21787
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Hi Sylvia,

      Once you reach a point in the workout when you cannot acheive the target power level, end the workout with a 5-10 min easy spin. Do not continue to gut through sub-par intervals. Quality in L5 sessions is far more important than quantity. Completing one set of high quality intervals is a good option.

      Coach Lynda

    • #21788
      AvatarSylvia123
      Participant

      Thank you Lynda! I really appreciate your response and advice. I will proceed with quality L5 sessions! I also wanted to thank you for putting together such easy to follow and flexible training plans. This is my first time using any training plan, and I’m so fortunate to have found yours!

    • #21791
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      I appreciate your kind words!

      Coach Lynda

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