I’m going to try to give you as much information as I can to give you an understanding of my current situation.
I am not training towards any events or races, I just ride for/by myself and/or with friends, I just want to get quicker, especially on climbs. No sprinting required whatsoever.
So, I guess that would translate to simply increasing FTP and boom I’ll be able to hold more power for longer, right?
I live in Bavaria where we have quite steep climbs, often 10-15% average for about 30 - 60 minute duration. I have super slim legs, there’s just not much muscle mass there so often I’m purely struggling to turn the pedals even in the smallest gear.
My FTP is around 240, but on those climbs 240W will not turn the pedals - I NEED to put in 280W or more at 40-60 RPM in order to not fall of the bike.
I’ve been training with TR for quite a while - in November I started with Base phase, then when Plan Builder came out I think I moved on to Build, and I’m not quite sure which phase I’m in now - not sure how to get that info.
However, since about February I haven’t been following the plans very strictly since I now ride about 2-4 times per week outside due to nice weather. So basically I now ride indoors with TR on days with bad weather. I’d like to utilize those to get the most benefit in terms of getting better at those steep climbs where often my legs aren’t strong enough. For the past 3 weeks I’d just take the scheduled workouts with longer threshhold/near FTP intervals and do those with a slower cadence, between 60 - 70. Does that make sense?
At the moment the plan just keeps progressing in the background while I actually just ride mostly outdoors, and on bad weather days I’ll just hop on the Kickr and do whatever workout TR has planned for me on that day. But that most likely isn’t the best approach.
As you can tell, I’m not super performanced focussed towards a specific date, I value riding outdoors for fun more than anything else - but I’d still like to have a sensible approach to getting better at it, especially on bad weather days where I’ll ride indoors.
Do you have suggestions for me how to tackle this?
Btw, I’m running these gearing ratios:
Gravel Bike: 36/34
Aero Bike: 36/30
I think the gears on the gravel bike should be sufficient - on the Aero bike I’d also like to leave them as they are since the climbs I’m doing with the road bike aren’t AS bad (usually short 15% ramps max) and I’ll also benefit from stronger legs there.