Hello everybody, I got into leadville and my mindset is that if a sub 9 is potentially achievable then I will dedicate my entire training to that goal, but if not then I don’t care what my time is so long as it’s under 12, and I won’t abandon my current training that is focusing on XC season which we are currently in in AZ.
From what I’ve been reading in various forums it sounds like I would need to get my FTP to 4w/kg to be able to at least make it possible (I know it’s just one part of the equation, but I think it’s the only limiter that is questionable for me to achieve by august). That would require me getting my FTP to 336W, currently it is at ~280W.
I have been riding 5-10 hours a week for the past 18 months. My FTP was 194W when I started. I did some zwift FTP building program that saw my big initial beginner gains and I was around 250W around this time last year. I then started doing a more detailed training plan using sufferfest workouts that took me to about 270W by April of last year. I then spent the summer not following any training plan and just doing zwift races and tons of MTB in Canada for fun. My FTP probably dropped some, but not sure how much as I didn’t do another test before I started a 12 week program in october (I used 270W as my FTP for the training), I retested at 273 in December at the end, and have currently been in a structured plan since then and have gained some since which I’m estimating at around 280W currently.
Given that I’ve been following a structured plan and have already stopped with the big initial gains, is adding another 50+W in 7 months while also building the necessary endurance a realistic possibility? (id be looking at doing something like the SSHV,Powerbuild,XCmarathon TR plan) I have time in abundance so getting in volume (and 8-10 hours of sleep a night) isn’t an issue, (neither would getting to leadville 3 weeks early to acclimate, and I seem to not be as bothered by altitude as most people already). I’m also 42 years old, which I’m sure doesn’t help.
If that is a pretty daunting and most likely unrealistic task, then I’ll be happy to focus on the XC races then build my endurance and still have a blast in leadville and dedicate myself to a sub 9 at some point in a future year. I just know I need to start a plan now for leadville if that’s going to be my sole focus, so I need to make a decision, and lack the experience to know what’s realistic. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. Cheers!