After my first winter of TrainerRoad, the guys on the local Saturday ride commented today that I seem to be going a leeeetle beet faster this year than last, and by leetle they mean why are you in front of me when you used to be behind me.
Since I don’t ride outside much and very rarely ride with other people, I always enjoy that feeling of noticing a fitness gain when doing my monthly drop-ride. Reminds me of when I was racing cars and had a horsepower centered build over aero and tire-size points.
Haha, same for me after my first race this year. I went from fighting for the front pack of my age group last year in Cat 2 XCO, to winning 1st in my age group and 2nd overall in all of Cat 2 with 168 racers. The guys were, dude, you improved so much .
I do the 20-minute FTP test. My first test was Oct. 1. I came in at 210 watts (3.42 w/kg). My latest test, taken today, was 228 watts (3.58 w/kg). I’ve put on five pounds since Oct.
The Oct. 1 test was taken after a month off the bike. My Nov. 19 FTP test result was 226 watts. I’ve tested four times since then, about every 4 to 6 weeks and all the results have been in the 223 to 228 watts range.
The overall power hasn’t rocketed up but how long I can sustain the power has increased dramatically, as to be expected after 24 weeks of base training. I did the full 12-week Traditional Base program followed by Sweet Spot Base 1 and 2. I just entered the fifth week of Sustained Power Build.