So I recently got hooked on this road racing thing. I only have two races under my belt so far, but I really, really enjoy it. While both of those races were in less than ideal conditions (lots of rain mostly), I have really enjoyed the experience and the racing community here in Japan. I wanted to ask for advice on how to learn the ropes of racing when it comes to strategy and tactics. I’d like to know which avenues are most fruitful for improvement. According to my power data, I didn’t leave much on the table for my races (IF = 1.05 and best 20 minute/total average power was 97 %/90 % of my FTP at my last race), but I am sure I could have used my power more wisely in some places. I am an avid TR podcast listener and have watched quite a few races. Most of my competitors are much lighter than me (I live in Japan), so I have an advantage on the downhills and a disadvantage on longer, sustained climbs.
A bit of background: I am 38 year-old male, weigh 72-73 kg with a 305 W at the moment (so about 4.18 W/kg), and I started road riding about a year ago (was an avid MTBer before that). Since about 2.5 months I have been using TrainerRoad for structured training, which I enjoy tremendously, too. (My FTP improved from 277 W to 305 in about two months ) I live in Japan, so I am competing in the lowest category, E3. But I am told by people in the know that E3 roughly corresponds to Cat 3 in the US.