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Howdy everyone,

Just completed the full 6 week TrainerRoad Sweet-spot base program (Low Volume 1) - saw significant increases in longevity and base power.

I was working out with a FTP of 215, but feel that might have been low based on how easy the 65% effort sessions went. I'll do a fresh 8-minute test on Friday to reassess.

But - I have the Ouachita Challenge coming up (Just doing the tour, not the race. April 2nd, ~65 miles in the Ozarks on the Ouachita and Womble trails) While I've finished the event a few times even when I wasn't feeling as good as I am right now, I really want to perform well this year.

I've got roughly 3 weeks to focus on whatever path is going to help me the most - but I'm at a loss when it comes to deciding what to do in that short duration.

I'm open to suggestions, or I'll just start on a TR building phase plan and just interrupt it the week heading up to the event, and pick it up right after.
 

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If your workouts feel too easy, do them harder. It's absolutely pointless to keep doing something easy that is supposed to be hard.

An 8 min test is not going to tell you your FTP. It'd be a good first set of a workout, though, for increasing vo2 max/upper threshold and the like.

If you want to increase threshold, work on that. If you want to improve 3-5 min efforts, work on that. Sprinting, work on that.

Or just work on them all once a week (or on a big "kitchen-sink" esque ride).

There really is no right or wrong answer here because you can essentially do anything and everything. 3 weeks is enough to get your top end power topped off and work on some specificity issues if that's what you want to do, otherwise, just do whatever.
 
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