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    • #22115
      Avatardave5115
      Participant

      Hi Lynda

      I am just completeing Week 5 of Masters CCBP&R.

      I have just bought a power meter for the MTB to try and get a bit more ‘real life’ training out on the trails .

      My question really is around NP for the intervals of say week 4 and 5 (L5 two sets of 3 x 3 , L4: 3 x 15).

      I have done a mixture of inside and out , My NP power outside is lower than inside (but still with in zone mostly – But some L5 sets the NP did drop below ‘zone’ required) .

      I feel I may be getting benfits of riding real life trails ? ie the spiky power associated with riding mtb.

      Question 1: Do you think this is good logic? or would training inside and hit those target numbers be more benficial?

      2: or would picking terrain a bit more consistent help (stupid question I suppose)?

      3: should I even stress about NP or Ave’ Power and be happy that I was getting time in the approprioate zone (some below and some over target power) in real life /trail application.

      I have also failed on the second set of L4: 3 x 15 on week 5 due to fatigue , and I wonder if its due the the extra ‘spiky power rides’? or maybe just a couple big weeks on the legs …..

      Next weeks FTP test will be a good indicator I suppose too if the mix has worked .

      I really appreciate your advice.

      Thanks
      Dave

    • #22124
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Hi Dave,

      1/2/3. With intervals your goal is to accumulate a certain duration in a certain power bucket. This is easier to achieve on the road or trainer. 2 sets of 3 x 3 should accumulate 15-18 minutes in power L5.

      Training with intervals is best done on the road or trainer to hit specific power targets. Endurance, tech skills and race pace training is best done off-road on terrain similar to where you will race.

      Coach Lynda

    • #22125
      Avatardave5115
      Participant

      Thanks Lynda

      In regards to how you think I can best use the PM on the mtb , would you think best is for pacing and reviewing rides .
      (my main goal is another endurance race )

      Ie limit time over threshold on long rides , not go too hard on easy rides etc ?

      Sorry for the stupid questions……

      thanks again
      Dave

    • #22131
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Hi Dave,

      Best to follow the plan for each day. On recovery rides, stick to the plan and don’t go to hard. On race pace days ride time over and under threshold as the plan calls for. When off-road on technical trails NP is a more useful pacing metric than AP.

      Coach Lynda

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