So here’s an odd one. I was doing Luberon (On Location) today. This workout includes three MAP sessions in relatively quick succession and a fourth one towards the end that’s 4:30 long.
I was doing this workout in ERG mode and properly suffered through the third effort. About a minute in the fourth effort, I was about to crack and decided to quickly exit ERG and proceed with Level mode (just managed to hit the ‘4’ key on the keyboard) and see how far I’d get. I just put my head down, chew the stem and give it my best shot.
Oddly, from there on, the power output was actually a bit above the target value, bringing the whole effort - on average - back to where it should be. This baffles me, I’d expected a slow and steady decline towards the end.
Why is this? Is this purely psychological? Is there a physical aspect to it? Do others have this too?
I’m going to do my future MAP focused sessions in Level mode, to see if they become more manageable that way.