Hey all -
First post here. I’ve got back into cycling properly during lockdown after a c.10 year layoff from anything resembling serious training or riding more than 50km a week. Previously I was a competitive CX rider, though I never used a power meter in my training (too expensive at the time),.
I’ve set myself a target of riding the Etape (or similar) next year, subject to CV19 restrictions etc.
I currently sit at an FTP of 259 at 80kg; I’m 38. I’ve arrived here over about 4-5 months, and no structured training has taken place until very recently; I’ve just got out and ridden my bike.
Currently, I commute to work and back 3-4 days a week (13km, undulating, each way), and get in 1-2 decent length rides at the weekend. For reference, I average about 28-30kph over 60-90km over ‘punchy’ terrain on the edge of the Chilterns in England; there are very few climbs over 2-3km, but slopes of 15%+ are common.
I’ve noticed that I can keep up with (and push) some ‘better’ cyclists over these punchy routes but I struggle on long drags (a false flat into the wind, for example) and I struggle a bit with aches and pains after 2-3 hours (back, neck mainly).
My plan was to select a low volume plan based on building FTP and hit 3 turbo/trainer sessions a week, keep the commute very much Z2, and add a long (3-5hr) Z2 ride one day at the weekend. From searching on here, this seems like a pretty common setup.
Any advice on this plan, or suggestions in general, would be welcomed! Thanks in advance.