Hey guys, I’m new here, and very new to cycling as well. I recently bought my first bike and a wahoo kickr and started training on Zwift (no road experience as of yet). I guess what i’m wondering is, is there likely still a chance at 29 years old (nearly 30), that I can still reach near to my potential as a cycling/triathlon athlete?
I’m a reasonably gifted running/aerobic athlete off the couch, but I’ve never really done any consistent training throughout my life. I ran to a high level in primary school/high school on 0 training, and as an adult can still run pretty well. After a month of training on zwift my ftp is approx 275 (72kg), and I feel like i’m getting good beginner gains and good transfer of my baseline fitness into cycling. At the moment I lack endurance (i’ve never run over 12-13k or ridden over 75k in my life), but am doing a lot of low HR work on zwift in zone 2 trying to build a decent aerobic base. I’ve wasted a lot of my 20’s partying and doing the opposite of healthy activities, and want to have a good crack at realising some form of my athletic potential before It’s too late. Is it possible for me to still make it to a high level as an age grouper? How long does it generally take to go from off the couch gym/occasional run guy to 70.3/ironman ready? 1-2 years? I know these questions are vague and difficult to answer but I guess i’m just looking to hear from people in similar situations that have started late in life in this game and done well. Thank you!