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  • in reply to: Masters XC base training plan questions #26861
    Avatardeadhappypotamus
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    Hi Lynda – quick question.

    (I now have a race date: High Cascades 100 7/15/23)

    Question: I just redid the FTP test (end of week 6 of masters xc base training plan) and my FTP dropped by 10W. Should I enter the reduced FTP or keep the prior number?

    Why is might be lower:
    – It’s the first time I used your format. My prior several were Zwift’s FTP test. I did use the same route (Alpe du Zwift)
    – This plan has been less challenging than the plan I was using prior (Zwift’s FTP builder). The intervals hurt less and are less frequent. So maybe I did lose fitness.
    – I don’t rest as much as prescribed. For example, I have been doing 60 min level 2 rides instead of the optional 30 min recovery rides. I rock climb twice a week instead of yoga/core twice a week.That often means I add rock climbing to an hour level 2 ride, or to intervals. Or I’ll do a slow hour-long run instead of a 30 min slow ride. But this isn’t new. This is baseline for me.

    Reasons I might want to keep the old number:
    – I felt appropriately challenged at my prior FTP. The level 2 rides were pretty easy – even up to 3h (legs and butt were tired on that one). The intervals were manageable – hard by then end of the ride but manageable.
    – Maybe it was an off day. My HR was higher, on average, than my last test but my power was lower.

    I appreciate your insight.

    Heather

    in reply to: Masters XC base training plan questions #26798
    Avatardeadhappypotamus
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    Thank you!

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