I’m in week 3 of your CX Race and Recover plan and while today’s anaerobic intervals called for 60 secs., the best I could do was 45 secs. (and in some cases, 30 secs.) before I fell to pieces and ERG mode sent me into the dreaded Death Spiral.
My question is…should I ride those intervals to exhaustion (and into Death Spiral) or lower my FTP setting by 5-10% in ERG mode to the point where I can last the full 60 sec.?
Here is some additional info. - hopefully not TMI
-I’m just south of 60 y-o,
-I’ve trained for and raced mostly XC w/ races lasting 2-2.5 hrs. for the last 15 years.
-I’m brand new to CX (Cat. 5, w/ 30 min. races) this year,
-I completed your 6 Weeks to CX Season plan just before I started this Race and Recover plan.
Look forward to hearing from you - Thanks!