Researching this topic unearths a lot of threads but all of them are focused on ‘next seasons races’.
I’ll be 40 soon, I’ve only been cycling 14 months and consider myself a relative noob, with no plans to race next year whatsoever. I may join a club at some point but I doubt it - I much prefer just doing my own thing as it suits me.
Plonking around on the road, zwift and trainerroad here and there for the past year resulted in an ftp around 270 at the beginning of the year (I think).
A month ago I decided to commit to an actual plan and went for sustained power low volume and I have loved every minute of it. I tested at 299 at the start of the plan and 323 at my mid way point. I have another 3 workouts to do to complete the plan’s big sessions before I’m supposed to do the week’s worth of easy ones and I don’t see any problem bashing them out like I’m supposed to. The workouts have been challenging, especially after the ftp increase but I’ve gotten through them with no drama.
I’m kinda intrigued how far I can push my ftp for the foreseeable future and given that I am not bound by a forthcoming race season I am wondering if I should simply continue to repeat exactly what I am doing for as long as I continue to see and feel improvement?
I’d love to hear some input from more experienced cyclists.