I am a novice cyclist, but exercise frequently and vigorously. I recently attempted to complete the “FTP builder“ plan. I found the first few weeks extremely easy. Actually, easier than I would prefer for a work out. However, I trusted in the training layout, and followed the program. By the time I reached the last week, I found the workouts had become suddenly quite difficult; to the point I couldn’t complete all the intervals. When I finished the plan, I FTP tested and found that my FTP, which had been consistent through several FTP tests, had dropped nearly 20 points.
I like rigorous workouts because how great I feel, and have started the “single track slayer“. The first couple weeks workouts are again feeling very easy, and I’m concerned the Zwift training plans cause deconditioning in the early stages. Is there something I’m doing wrong?
Should I just trust that I will be “recovering“ during these easier workouts so that I can be better recovered to handle the harder ones when they come? Should I just try to work out as hard as I can and skip the easy workouts? I put trust in swift training plans to help improve my fitness, and I’m concerned about the last experience I had on the FTP builder. Your comments and suggestions would be welcomed!