I started doing a MV plan on TR in September for the build up towards this summer. After doing SSB1 + 2, i’m now halfway through Sustained PB and I’ve seen some nice results and increases in FTP i.e. 284 - 295 - 305 - 307 W FTP for 71 kg. Although gains aren’t as big as they used to be in the beginning, I learned from the forum that this is perfectly normal.
I know these figures are quite good, but they’re not mindblowing. But it’s come to my attention that maybe VO2-max is where my ‘edge’ lies, if I can be this bold. A little bit of history: 5 years ago, I performed a test where I reached 60 ml/kg. I just started cycling back then and the doctor assured me that this was a very good result. The years after, I kept doing my miles, but 2020 was the first year I started cycling in a consistent way.
I also underwent a DNA-test with 4gold.be (got it as a present!), which pointed out i have the gene to respond well to VO2-max trainability. Lastly, Garmin Connect currently estimates my VO2-max at around 70 ml/kg. Although surely not 100% accurate, I consider it as a ball park figure.
Every bit of text on the internet points out that these are very decent figures to exercise endurance sports, but I’m not sure where to go from here. How should I interpret these figures in the bigger picture of current FTP, potential gains of FTP and possible implementation of training schedules?
Can bigger increases or a higher potential be expected with this kind of VO2 Max figure and the right kind of training, or is it not correlated in that way and is VO2 max just a parameter among those other parameters like FTP? Will it take longer to reach the dreaded plateau, and what kind of effect will have more voluminous training have with this kind of VO2-max?
In a nutshell: If I have a decent VO2 max value, in what way will it be most advantageous in my performance?