Even the forerunners of FTP (Coggan and Allen) differ on what FTP is. The definition of FTP has changed from its inception (lactate threshold) to now a vague statement on maximum average power over an hour. So no, it is not easy to understand. People have tried to get Coggan to clarify what FTP is, and he has been very evasive, blaming publishers for distorting his statements in published work with his name on it, without actually saying what exactly FTP is supposed to be.jasjas wrote: ↑Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:38 amFTP is pretty easy to understand surely? and so long as whatever test you use is consistant, then it can be tracked and used as a training metric.
As for the Polarised approach for the more time crunched rider, i'm not convinced, i believe in specificity and riding in the mountains on back to back 1hr cols, i just dont see that 8 to 10hrs of LSD and then a few 10 or 15mins at Tempo is going to cut it,
What i found is that on less challenging terrain, i was quick but not in the mountains, where i felt i was lacking compared to SST plans i've followed before, however, i was coming back from a serious injury, so its a difficult one to access, i did complete the event whre many didn't including one death
If i were to follow this plan again, i'd do more, much more tempo z3 work, because thats what you are working at on a 15km 7 to 10% climb, descend and repeat.....either that or go part time and do 20hr weeks of riding lol!
Whether you are convinced about the polarized approach does not matter. It has been proven to work at the highest levels of cycling, across both track and road disciplines. I worked with US juniors and now I work with juniors in Korea and we also adopt a polarized approach. Mind you the big variable is hours of training, which we do our best to minimize since these kids also need time to study and socialize, and we don't want to overwork them.
10 hours is sufficient on a highly structured polarized model for these kids to blow away any amateur - nobody is saying you should only do 10-15 minutes of tempo on a 10 hour-week training program. If oyu are doing 10 hours, then 2 of those hours should be at tempo or interval pace. When they go hard, we hammer them. When they are on a slow 90 minute ride, they go as slow as local amateurs. This all makes sense when you realize you can't really do longer than a 45 minute tempo session, and you can maybe only two of these sessions a week. If you throw in an interval session (which is also less than 1 hour in zone), you still have 7.5 hours to play with each week despite having done 3 tough workouts in a single week. This is inline with the general 80-20 rule (roughly 20% of your time should be spent hammering yourself, 80% doing slow miles).
Of course 10 hours is not sufficient to compete internationally in stage races (not my area of expertise anyways), but is more than sufficient for track races and shorter criterium style races. If we need to increase mileage, we simply increase the number of two-a-days and gradually extend the weekly long slow ride.