CX season is about 100 days away now and not really sure what to do. I told myself that I would not return to racing until I hit 4w/Kg on a ramp test, but that’s not going to happen and I want to do a few races this year. I’m a miserable cat-4 so the bar is very low. My FTP is about 30w lower than I wanted from off-season training, been doing nothing but sweet-spot LV1 and LV2 since January while cherry-picking over-under workouts during the super-busy work travel season and adding one or two outside rides when possible. Races that matter start in late October and I plan to do 2 races on Tuesdays, three races on Thursdays; weekend races on alternating weekends. I haven’t seen a big increase in FTP and haven’t done many ramp tests because the rides like McAdie and Mary Austin are still extremely hard and although I’m finishing them, they should be easier if I’m making progress. I should note that I lost 30lb over the last 12-months, 172lb at 285w right now.
Do I stay the course and do another 12-weeks of base, one month of specialty VO2 work in September, and then start racing or do you bros recommend something else?