I have a long term goal to try and pass that line but, after catching a winter bug and being set back a month, I am looking to get re-inspired.
I’m curious if for most athletes that break that line it was an “easy” thing or a multi year process of slow but steady progression. As someone who came to cycling later in life I’ve gone from totally untrained (probably ~1.7w/kg) 3 years ago to peaking just under 4 last season but I can feel improvements won’t come quickly for me any more and I’m wondering how realistic a goal it is.
How did your path to super high w/kg look? Was it like first time you tested you clocked really high, say 4w/kg, and worked it up from there? (Kinda like Jonathon’s 18min 5k) Was it cycling since you were young and by the time you cared to test you’re already super fit? Or was it a slow steady multi year grind? If you have any graphs to share that would be super valuable to me too. Thanks.