Ive done some decent blocks of training since january and have raised my ftp from 260 to 289 after my big holiday break during christmas. also lost my christmas weight from 89 ->85
Last weekend was supposed to be a B race for me, but, it ended up with me massivly cramping after only 50km. which makes me very worried coming to my A event in only 1 month, a trip to harzen with my freinds. I did have some stomach issues the week leading up to it, but still, very worried.
Harzen have climbs of 20-40 minutes, and i need to know how do i end up in best shape before that.
I have created some long Sweetspot intervals, together with long threshold intervals mixed with some endurance and vo2 short sprint workout like 30/20.
1 SS, 1 Threshold and 1 Vo2 for the next three weeks, and hopefully i can get in some long rides in the weekend.
Before this i have done sustained power build, but it did not help me with my race ( the race was 2-4 minutes hills, and much of them). I have been riding 3-6 hours per week.
My freind can hold a at least w275 for one and a half hour steady, and we are pretty much same weight. He is very good at long efforts at high powers, so how do i actually have a chance of beating him? Very afraid that cramps will get me knocked out, and its not possible for me to win.
How aero are you vs them? Can you beat them by simply putting out less power for the same speed. Racing is all about speed. Can they cope with accelerations or are they more of a diesel? Could you wear them down by pushing them into the red with sharp accelerations and recovering yourself?
Preserve as much energy as possible before climb and hope he doesn’t. Hammer it on climb and hope he is fatigued. Only other realistic option IMO is to have a better fueling and pacing strategy than him. I once beat a friend of slightly lower FTP but higher W/kg by an hour on a long gravel race because he went slightly too hard at one point and didn’t fuel enough. His last 20 miles were pure torture.
Sit on his wheel the whole way and out sprint him in the end. At no point do you ever take a turn in the front. He may not drink that beer with you after that (or have a friend) but you’ll get the win!