I attempted my first Full Frontal this evening to disastrous results. I burned out at the three-minute mark of the five-minute MAP test. So here are my thoughts and observations of this week and specifically today. I wanted to commit it to print so I can learn from it and hopefully get some insights from riders here far smarter than I.
I decided to do the full week prep for both tests having not done either. The Half Monty went very well. Maybe too well. My FTP was up 31 points and my MAP 37 points. I assume the point of doing this test a few days before Full Frontal is to give you some revised targets for the two tests.
I really noticed the difference in working out for the first time with those higher numbers when I did Primers yesterday. It was harder than I remembered, and I was a bit sore when I finished. I didn’t think that was the intent. This morning my legs still felt a bit fatigued but after a few stretching sessions I felt better.
However, when I began Full Frontal, the legs felt heavy again. They did feel ok at the end of the 10-minute warmup. I was feeling pretty good. The two sprints went well. The first was good and I made a small adjustment for the second which was better.
I had read the narrative about how to best do this ride and noted the suggestion that you bump your cadence up a bit. I typically ride in the mid to high 80s, so I targeted 95 rpm for the MAP test. I was also targeting to start near the MAP number from the earlier test. That turned out to be a fatal combination.
Two minutes in I was laboring to breath and at three minutes I could not continue. My lungs were on fire. Interestingly, my legs were doing ok. I would have been better served to gear up one and drop the cadence.
I will learn more as I begin to train at the higher FTP and MAP #s. No sure when I should/will try Full Frontal again. From what I have shared here, anything you can share that I can learn from?