Hi…I’m on Week 5 of the 6wk Beginner FTP Builder plan, and for the most part I’ve really enjoyed it. One thing that’s helped keep me motivated and focused is chasing the stars that each WO offers. For those not familiar, for each segment/interval of a given WO, if the athlete hits or is within a certain range of the recommended power and/or rpm targets for that segment they earn a star. Half stars are awarded too. The number of stars available for a given WO varies, based upon the number of overall segments that make up the WO.
Here’s my frustration:
Stars are awarded for the work segments as well as for the recovery segments. Sometimes after a hard work segment, however, I simply want to stand for a bit and stretch the legs. This usually means power exceeds the target power for that segment and rpm is too low, and if I’m out of the saddle for more than 15 seconds, I usually get docked a half star and sometimes I lose the whole star.
I like my stars - they help keep me motivated. I don’t like losing any stars - half or whole - and especially on a recovery segment, but my a$$ needs a break every now and then.
Suggestion: How about doing one of two things. 1) Allow the recovery interval to be taken at whatever rpm and power, and as long as the cranks are turning and power being generated the athlete gets a star OR 2) Just don’t track stars for the recovery segments.
Thanks for listening.