I am 19 y/o, was weighing 70 kgs during mid-November with an FTP of 4.2w/kg(determined via 20 min FTP test). I started my offseason with a 2-week break followed by lifting weights(have been doing it for the past three weeks). I currently go to the gym thrice a week and keep my bike work pretty easy i.e no interval training or any serious training. Just some unstructured rides. I am lifting heavy and train for hypertrophy. I am planning to satisfy the level two strength requirements in terms of squats and bench press only and my workouts are as follows:
Day#1: Back squats(maintain 5 reps @55% bodyweight + train till failure)
Day#2: 1 hour z2 ride
Day#3: Bicep curls(train till failure).
Day#5: 2-hour endurance group ride
Day#6: Bench press(train till failure)
Day#7: 2 hours and 30 minutes endurance (group ride)
I am planning to repeat this cycle for another 5 weeks before I start SSB Lv1 and I am wondering if this weight gain is normal? Coach Chad said that strength is a common limiter for cyclists and it is also important to work on non-cycling muscles to maintain a healthy bone density.