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SCS

Member since Oct 2014 • Last active Feb 2019
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    So is it really valid to estimate ftp as 75% MAP? Is there any research on this?

    75% is the middle of the bell curve I understand, the general range is 72-77%.

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    To be honest it seems like the first one is way off rather than the second - it's normally about 0.75 of the max 1 minute, although there may be some other calculations included.

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    I think that given you're already most of the way through your training block, just stick with what you have planned. What I'd say is that you need to get the time in zone, so start out each interval as planned at 120% FTP, but if you are unable to hold that power through the 4 minutes, then just allow your power to fade (preferably not below 105%), as long you keep going through the 4 minutes. Imagine it being like a badly paced 4 minute hill climb TT!

    As it happens, there's some good research regarding the benefits of decreasing power intervals, but they tend to utilize a much harder start in order to reach VO2 Max sooner.

    https://sparecycles.blog/2018/06/26/upda­te-to-prescribing-vo2max/

    EDIT: just seen @dubtap's post, we have the same source (which I think he posted previously on this thread)!

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    I think we need to know where you are in your training and what your targets are first.

    Also, I presume work:rest is 1:1? You could also increase the rest if you want to do them at 120%...

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    Plenty of places with sand dunes in Scotland, though maybe not close enough to Glasgow though...

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    So you can just turn the pedals without thinking about trying to match the correct power level?

    My turbo doesn't have erg mode, and while I don't find it a problem, it would be nice to be able to do a ramp test and not have to shift gears to get the right cadence and power...

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    Heh, I've found them pretty good in rain...obviously they have their limits! When it's as cold as it is now I use some toe covers underneath them too.

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    Don’t buy BBB ‘Heavy Duty’ ones. Utterly useless. Waste of £15

    I'm still using a pair of these, and have been for three years....longest any form of overshoe has ever lasted for me!

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    So do you get the videos through the app now?

    Yes you can't get them separately anymore, only via the app with a subscription.

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    What’s sufferfest like compared to trainerroad?

    I would say that feel wise, it seems like a less serious training tool compared to Trainerroad, and is far less flexible in terms of both variety and number of workouts, and the ability to create workouts (ie. Sufferfest doesn't yet do this!). I quite enjoy the videos, but then again I purchased many of them before they did the app so I can still use them with TR.

    The 4DP test they use works quite well with the workouts, and I would say it gives (for me!) a more realistic FTP number than the TR ramp test, but then again, if I want a realistic FTP number in TR then I can use the 20 minute test.

    I haven't used the strength training or the mental training parts of it, but the yoga vids were pretty good.

    I think you'd expect Dan Lloyd to be able to increase his fitness scores quite significantly going from nothing to doing something, regardless of the app he used. I never really used the plans they had, although I did check them out. I would say that the progression within the plans and the purpose of each workout is nowhere near as clear as it is with TR. I think you can see that from the plan for Dan Lloyd. Also, fiddling with your power profile for various workouts to give them a different focus seems a bit shit (this is a new thing for their latest app update).

    Having said that, I'm at a fitness plateau whatever I use!

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