I have a question related to expectations for a 44-year-old who has been away from cycling (and all things athletic) for 10+ years.
A little background:
I stopped bicycle racing in early 2007 due to a nagging injury. As best I can recall, my FTP ranged from 335-350 or so (weight also ranged from 157-170). I had an SRM for years with reams of data and power files, but I was so frustrated by the injury, I got rid of it all!
Now at 44 years old, and after roughly 13 years away from the bike, I’ve started mountain biking. My previous injury doesn’t seem aggravated by the more upright position of modern mountain bikes. The full-suspension bike I have also helps.
Since August 2020, I’ve ridden about 1800 miles. This past week, I discovered TrainerRoad. Of course, the first thing I did was a ramp test. My current FTP is 250. My weight is currently 185.
I have two questions:
- Has anyone else returned to cycling after such a long layoff (10+ years)?
- Based on your experience, what should my expectations be with respect to regaining FTP watts?
Thanks in advance!