I am currently on the MTB Interval Plan (repeating the plan with higher FTP this round and on week 3), and enjoying power gains across multiple metrics However, I’m concerned that my CTL is decreasing over the last eight weeks…it’s decreased from 96 down to 79 and I have about four weeks before my next priority race. Recently I heard Frank say on a podcast that cyclocross racers can “run out of base” during the season because they are constantly recovering from the higher intensities of their discipline. I’m a masters athlete (50 years old) with MTB XC events lasting 1.5 to 2 hrs…My questions are:
- As long as I continue to see improvements in power/speed, should I even care about CTL and just keep ftfp-ing?
- If I should care about CTL, how would I know when to care? How low is too low?