Hello all, Ive listened to the pod cast for 2 years and now ready to sign up. Id like to train for a specific FTP - id love to do what ever it takes to get to 300w. Im currently 260 and Ive been 275, but as a triathlete - so also running and swimming. Over the winter (here in Australia) Id like to hit 300 and im happy to donate as much time to cycling as I need to get there.
Is there a way to do this? I do I just do something like rolling road race with an “event” in say November, and get as fast as I can with that?
There was a podcast not that long ago where Chad talked about the best plans for raising ftp and a couple were the century, 40 k TT and maybe Gramd Fondo FWIR. All of those build up your sustainable power output for longer durations. Good luck!
Short answer is No. no person / system / alien intelligence can come up with a plan to get you to a specific FTP goal. Part of that is genetics, and part of that is simple everyone is a N=1 case, so we don’t know the optimum training / amount of training/ order of training for you to hit your genetic potential
Thanks for the reply - I only half agree though! And it seems it maybe a flaw in the system! Its great that the planning has three levels of time commitment to start - but id like an ideal also. With a coach I could sit down and go through what I’ve done in the past, and what my goals are in the future and from there map out a plan, and decide if I’m happy with that amount of commitment needed to get there, or if I should re assess my goal. Id have thought if they can AI detect my FTP, the AI could probably detect my potential (and that would be cool!)
A while ago (a long while ago???) Nate on a podcast talked about a future version of AIFTP that would predict your FTP at the end of a training block, assuming you completed all of the workouts (and only those workouts). That would sort of get you to want you are after, but it would come with big caveats:
Only work with TR plans
Assumes you ONLY do the TR workouts
Assumes you complete all of the TR workouts exactly as prescribed