I’m new to TR and just started a structured training plan 3 weeks ago (currently on SSB1). I am new to cycling in general (started 2-3 months ago). I do have years of weight lifting experience as well as two years of collegiate rowing experience (one year novice, one year on varsity team as a lightweight rower).
My strength numbers are all north of what is recommended by Coach Chad’s strength calculator for sprinters. However, I’m quite disappointed in my sprint numbers.
5s FTP is 834 (12.2 w/kg) and FTP from ramp test is 209 (3.07 w/kg) at 68 kg.
Is it just a matter of learning to apply the strength on the bike by doing more drills/sprint focused workouts? I’ve been doing some reading (perhaps to my own detriment) that suggests that sprinting ability can be dependent on physiological/genetic factors). How trainable is peak power/sprint if the strength is there?
Additionally, what are things I can do to help improve my sprint ability on and off the bike? I’ve been changing one of my two leg days from to more plyometric work. I currently have sustained power build planned as my build phase to improve overall wattage for my longer rides (longest ride has been 50 miles). Should I switch it to short power build?
Thanks for the help! Looking forward to this continued journey of learning and growing in cycling.