Is it common to see a drop off in MAP after 6 weeks of non-structured outdoor only rides?
Structured training started in earnest in January and I was pleased with an increase of 10 - 12% across the board since my initial 4DP
HM in early April completed 409w on ramp before stopping (382 MAP; 307 FTP). Continued with a mix of Suff workouts and outdoor rides through April and May.
Suff workouts mainly MAP / AC type intervals e.g. revolver, the shovel, the cure, joyride, the trick. I found these hard but achievable based on the HM numbers and felt I had made further improvements.
Since June rides have been outdoors only, average 100 - 150 miles per week. Mix of 2-3 hour tempo / threshold rides, a couple of long endurance rides and a couple of hard efforts on club “fun” TT’s (10 mile solo and 23 mile pairs). Average speed has generally been up with lots of Strava PB’s.
HM ramp tonight, found anything above 300w tough and packed in after struggling through the 374w step (345 MAP / 37w drop).
Disappointed and a bit disheartened with the result if I’m honest. Felt okay and well rested but don’t really enjoy indoor rides in the higher summer temperatures.
Also wondered about possible calibration issues and if I should’ve completed a spin down on my Kickr beforehand. Perhaps that’s just wishful thinking.
Maybe it’s just a simple lack of focus on MAP targeted training.
Anyone else had experience of this?