This will be my third year racing crits (I’ve done a total of 10 races). My question deals with aerobic fitness and power and the relationship between the two. I feel as though my aerobic fitness is why I eventually get dropped every single race (super frustrating). I’m always gasping for air and my heart rate goes through the roof. My legs, though, feel okay. The same thing happens with FTP tests. I end up crapping out aerobically but my legs could keep going. I’m also terrible at climbing short, steep hills - again, because I feel like I’m dying.
I can ride alllllllllll day if my heart rate stays lower than 145-150.
So, should I be concentrating on improving my aerobic fitness? If so, what is the best way to do it? Do I just keep following the TrainerRoad plan and it will eventually happen? I’m doing low volume so should I add certain workouts to improve my fitness? Will FTP improve quicker if I’m getting aerobically fitter? Thanks for any insights!