Actually - I suppose low-key brag I always have suspected I have good genetics - I’m just unsure how big my capacity to its maximum extent - I might just have a decent base but no top-end fitness - I cannot fathom holding above 300+W for more than 10mins at this point… It must be a weird feeling being able to hold your old V02max as a SS or Tempo effort, like your kneecaps exploding or something - my goal is to hit 300+ W FTP - this will be my first summer dedicated to riding my bike consistently
I have basically no long-term training history - I actually never did much sports as a kid - I smoked, drank and (other bad stuff) from when I was 13+ to 18-ish, I’m 25 now.
But yes, I bought a bike for commuting 5 years ago and loved cycling around town - I started road cycling 2 years ago and think I do about 200-250 hours (including commuting) a year - so really haven’t pushed myself - its only since September I bought a PM and listened to the podcast but am waiting to finish arch school as I can’t commit to consistent training at the moment. My FTP has been the same since sept as I didn’t change anything since. But love looking at numbers!
Regarding gravitating towards fit people, actually I don’t know many cyclists - as you can tell with my background - I don’t have a lot of ‘sporty’ people in my life! So it’s hard for me to compare but a good lot of you in this forum are super fit - I suppose that’s the extent of my comparison.
I am half Sovenian so there must be something in our DNA !! ( Joking )