I had “one of those days” yesterday on a scheduled 4.5 hour Sweet Spot “Group Ride”. I did last week’s 4 hour ride with an NP of 84% FTP and felt good at the end. Totally different story yesterday. The first hour was about 84% of FTP, but I fell apart precipitously after that and I limped in at 5 hours, failed to hit the prescribed TSS, and my NP was about 72% of FTP. My heart rate was also much higher per watt than last week. Definitely a tale of two different Saturday rides. (I slept poorly on Thursday and Friday night, which I’m sure didn’t help)
I knew after that first hour that it was going to be a bad day, but decided to grind it out. I figured the learning experience might be worth it. *Do I have the mental toughness to keep grinding? Can I bring myself around with nutrition? The nutrition plan worked great last week, maybe I’ll bounce back!? *
Ultimately, the question is this. Did I benefit from grinding it out with pitiful power numbers and banking the TSS that I could? Or, should I have rerouted back to the car and called it a day? What’s the decision process when you want to FTFP, but things aren’t going according to plan?
I’m staying on the couch today and skipping the 2 hour zone 2 ride in my plan. Luckily, I’m headed into a recovery week.