I continued with TrainerRoad’s Sweet Spot Base II Mid Volume plan, which wrapped up on Feb 24. I only did a total of three outdoor rides this month for a total of 73 miles. It’s easy to look at that and feel unaccomplished. I have to focus on the fact that I did 14 hard trainer rides, which are far more effective at building strength than outdoor miles.
March started with a recovery week after the Sweet Spot Base phase, then another FTP test. This time I scored an FTP of 242 – up 4% from my previous test and up 10% from my first test. W/kg: 3.68. It felt good to achieve a higher number.
The next few rides I did outside, and I noticed that I felt unbalanced on the bike. Riding outdoors (and actually moving) didn’t feel natural. That was a bit disconcerting. I decided that it was time to start riding outdoors more.
I attached all bags, bottle cages, lights, and gear to my bike in mid-March to start acclimating to the heaver load. I’ve loaded about 95% of my gear (some kinks need to be worked out), and now always carry extra water for training weight. I even did a night ride to start getting rid of the “dark trails are scary” feelings.
I ended up logging 402 miles over 12 rides plus another three trainer workouts. I definitely need to step it up in April.