When I first signed up for TR back in June, I was a boat without a rudder. In my introductory post I didn’t have any goals other than to get stronger and improve my overall physical conditioning. I Iater decided to enter the road bike events in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. I don’t have a racing background, so I entered the beginner class.
Today was my first event; a hill climb in Snow Canyon State Park. I finished second by 12 seconds to the gentlemen that started 30 seconds ahead of me. I am happy with my time, but, of course, first place would have been a nice bonus. Tomorrow is the time trial and then the road race on Friday.
My pre-race FPT, following a second ramp test, was (a whopping) 136. My race time was 20:55 with a Normalized Power of 205 and an Average Power of 197. Should I adjust my FTP or should I wait until my next ramp test? If I make the adjustment now, do I use Normalized or Average power?
I have gotten stronger. I am in better shape. And I’ve lost 15 pounds. But I know my work here is not done.