First off, thanks so much for this awesome resource. I just discovered the Trainerroad podcasts and have been listening to them almost nonstop!
I started cycling last May. 90% of my rides are on my commute, anywhere between 8-15 miles one way. When I first tested my FTP back in August my FTP was 227. I tested it about a month ago and I was 234, so in 8 months and cycling over 3,000 miles I only bumped my FTP by 7 watts.
My FTP tests were done indoor on the same trainer with the same power meter. The frustrating thing is that I kill myself on my commutes, my average power is usually around 220-230 at around 20 minutes with intensity factors over 1.10. Surely this should have bumped my FTP by more than 7 watts.
Some background about me: I’m 6’ and 220lbs, my other sports involve powerlifting and kickboxing. I don’t follow any structured workouts because my commutes are so short and, frankly, I don’t feel safe on the roads I have to travel on. If I do any sort of training it’s usually 30/30 sprints.
Sorry if this is a bit long, I’m just super frustrated that I can’t bump my FTP higher. Are some people just meant to not have a high FTP? If that’s the case, is there any point in competing in road races?