My 2019 planning and training has been mostly good, but has a few notable downsides thus far.
I’m currently just over three weeks out from my first A race and my FTP is about 10 watts lower than I want it to be, but my repeat-ability on 1-5 minute power is very good and I’m feeling very fit and race ready despite the lower FTP value
My weight is almost exactly following the plan I drew out for it back in October. I hit my goal weight pre-Thanksgiving, put on a few pounds over the holidays, and am now back to my goal weight about three weeks post-holidays. I have to maintain this weight for the next few weeks and then will let the diet slip a bit during my post-race cooldown days.
I’ve avoided sickness and injury thus far and have been very compliant on workouts. I’ve failed one interval (or more) on five workouts total from Base to week five of Specialty - which feels like a fairly good success rate.
As for my FTP being lower than desired - I’m still at 360 right now and have been able to hit 375ish during the season the past few years. Why I haven’t been able to progress during the off season is a bit of a mystery to me so somewhat frustrating.
So…feeling good right now, but ask me on President’s day and I’ll have a better answer for how the year is going