Amber brought up a really good point in the ask a cycling coach podcast, saying that stress off the bike should be considered as it affects us whether we realize it or not. I would like to give a bit of a context. I am 19 years old (turning 20 soon), and my FTP is currently at 293W. (I weigh around 67-70kgs). I am a full time student at a university, and have a part time job (usually work 4 hours a week), and I ride my bike for 6 days a week.
I have been using trainerroad ever since 2018, but 2020 was the year (and still is!), where I finished the base-build-specialty cycle. Given the above situation, my FTP went as follows in the year 2020 (till now).
Note: I added endurance rides to all the plans, so none of them are in-fact “low volume”
starting SSB LV 1: 273W
starting SSB LV 2: 293W
Starting short power build LV: 286W
Second half of short power build LV: 302W
Start of century LV: 308W
Second half of century LV: 311W
–1 week off followed by 3 weeks of unstructured training—
Now I started a new plan with plan builder, and it is putting me through SSB 1, SSB 2, and 1 week of rolling road race to peak. My FTP is now at 293, an expected decrease as I didn’t have any structure for 4 weeks. I will be resuming strength training soon as I now have access to weights, and will that unlock my potential to improve my FTP?
I am able to complete every workout without fail, and have never said no to any day of riding. Can I assume at this point that off the bike stress is not affecting me? I want to increase my FTP both in absolute numbers, and w/kg.