It’s taken a while for me to get geared up to start a training plan and I’m looking for some help in realistic goal setting. I’m yet to complete the ramp test (Scheduled for Saturday morning!) and would like to set some long term goals around growing my FTP. I took a ramp test on a wattbike at the gym about a month ago and have a feeling it was a touch high (200 watts, rider weight 88kg).
The main question I have is: Is it better to aim for a W/kg target or an overall number?
Any other tips or advice for a newbie would also be greatly appreciated!
Don’t get too caught up in FTP numbers. It’s a number used to inform training but it only tells one thing about a rider. You might get 20-30-40 point bumps between training blocks at first but then it will level off and you’ll be disappointed that your numbers don’t keep going up. There are many other aspects in cycling to improve upon.
Pick a plan that fits in your life.
Be consistent about completing the workouts on schedule, and consistently hitting in-workout targets.
Get adequate nutrition and sleep, these are a part of training too.
Do these things and you will see improvements, guaranteed. Don’t worry about the numbers.
My numbers have not increased this year, but I can tell with everything else I am doing, the depth I can pull from is deeper. I would like my numbers higher, but life takes priority (I do not get paid to do this).