I’m in week 6 of the 6-week In-Season Road Race training plan. I’m pretty satisfied with how things are going, having started at an FTP of 238, and having ZwiftPower and TrainingPeaks adjust my FTP to 247 following my most recent online race this past weekend. Granted, it was a (virtual) hill climb, so was probably a little bit inflated as a result… (But I’m currently sitting at 2nd place (B category) in a VA state-wide Zwift points series, which I attribute largely to the Fascat training plan!
Anyway, today’s prescribed Fascat workout is supposed to feature 3x 5-minute ‘Full Gas’ intervals at 121% of FTP, or 299w. I’m sorta sitting here laughing to myself (nervous laughter, perhaps??), as my all-time peak 5-minute power output is 286w, with more typical values (during races, which is when I am usually motivated to go hardest) in the range of 270-280w. So, I’m sitting here thinking, “yeah, 3x5mins at 299w, riiiiight…” Am I better off trying for the 299w figure, and flaming out early (either early in each interval, or blowing up before being able to complete all 3), or lowering closer to my peak or typical levels, in the hope of being able to complete all 3 intervals in a useful/beneficial fashion? (Or, as is typical for me, perhaps I’m sitting here thinking/worrying about this far more than I should be, LoL.
Anyway, any words of advice/encouragement/etc would be appreciated!
PS, as noted, this is the last week of the training plan, and next week is supposed to be the follow-up FTP test, but I’ve got another race next weekend (ie, after this coming weekend), so need to be doing more focused training next week for that. Any recommendations of a week from the current plan to repeat next week?