I turned 40 last december, and have since been diagnosed with liver disease (I don’t think the 2 are related, but thought the detail was pertinent). I am currently a little under 220lbs (100kg, I think) and 6’2" (no idea what that is in cm). I haven’t ridden my bike really in any kind of proper capacity in 10 years. Prior to that I worked for a famous bike company and literally rode 30 miles a day on a single speed to/from work, and I also road l’etape du tour up ventoux in 2009 (I think), so historically I have been pretty strong on the bike, but since have probably put on about 50lbs and 10 years.
I decided to get back into cycling and trainerroad was an obvious choice after MANY youtube videos, research and discussion with my wife. So, my first real ride back on the bike in 10 years and 50lbs later was a ramp test. It started me at 146 FTP but I ended at 120, with my heartrate around 180 (no idea what my max is), but I was literally hanging off the bike at the end and ready to vomit, so I think I did it right. Anyway, this number (to a layman) seems incredibly low? Or is it? Or does this just mean I have a great potential to increase it? I’m not worried so much that I did it wrong, more that I’m really, really unfit.
Any thoughts, guidance or reassurance would be appreciated!