Hi all, I know that this question has been asked a million times, but I’m hoping that this wonderful community will share some insights. I’ve been riding outside (gravel and road) and inside (smart trainer) year-round for several years, and have been on TR for 16 months. There is no doubt that my stamina and I dare say in-ride fueling efficiency has gotten better in the last 16 months, but my FTP has barely budged. I’m 6’5’ 215 lbs and 52 yo. When I do the TR FTP test I go into a realm of response that I don’t usually see anywhere in my indoor training–gasping for air and feeling a vaguely unsettling cardio(?) feeling. My TR calculated FTP is usually about 230, but if i set if to 260, I can still complete the LVSSB and Sustained Build plans with additional supplemental outdoor rides to boost my weekly TSS.
2.7 W/kg after all this time seems less than stellar, but I’m not sure where I’m going to get another 100 Watts from. I feel like the TR indoor workouts are about as tough as they could be and still get through them, but am I just not pushing hard enough?
HTFU/lose weight is an acceptable answer if it’s just that simple. If that’s your advice, I would be grateful for suggestions on which areas to emphasize in my hardening up (endurance, VO2max, etc). Which plan(s) should I be gravitating towards? I’ve listened to many, many TR podcasts and still can’t excavate myself from this plateau.