Well, I did not make it through this one.
I can’t say I’m overly surprised, truth be told. Disappointed, yes, but not shocked.
In the back of my mind I knew there would have been some fitness fall off as a result of injury / recovery / doing easier rides. That’s just the way it is.
I also knew that my previous FTP Test was pushing my limits, just to keep at levels I have previous already achieved. So any kind of fitness decline would see holding higher numbers to be a real challenge.
And that’s what today was.
It was the big checkbox that I am back up to speed – for want of a better term – and ready to resume normal service. I had my doubts on Thursday when I struggled with the Long Tempo workout, but I figured it was worth a shot. There’s no regrets in trying, but I think a bunch more hard work – harder workouts, but not SST hard – are due in the week ahead.
But that does have some complications as I need to do two 5k’s this week also.
Part of this one was a mental challenge. Mentally I gave in, no denying that. I could have pushed a bit harder, a bit longer. I had fuelled properly, and I was hydrated. I could have pushed on through and probably got to the end. It wouldn’t have been pretty, but it wouldn’t have annoyed me at not finishing something that I started.
Anyway, it is what it is.
More work required. Harder workouts. More efforts. Heck, I was even thinking I might need to do another FTP Test 6 weeks early, and get a new figure to work against.
That said, I did try to drop the FTP bias in the workout after I first came to a halt, but I was still struggling.
No, I think I just need to get my body back used to working harder than it has done in ages. Physically, anyway. Lazy swine.