Last year was my first year really getting into cycling and I did 2500 miles and 2 centuries. I’m planning 8 centuries so far this year and have a goal of a 5 hour solo century. I’m currently 250ish lbs (slowly working on that!) with an FTP of 278W giving about 2.46 W/kg. With those numbers I didn’t expect anything close to my goal this early in the season, but my first one is the flattest and makes me wonder if I should try to get as close to that 5 hour mark as I can! The ride is May 3rd with less than 2500 ft of elevation.
I should mention I have a Canyon Endurace with 50mm carbon wheels and 28mm GP5000s. It should be a quick and comfy bike for this ride. A rough estimate though Best Bike Split says I could do the route in just under 5 hours with average power of 202 and NP of 207.
I’m working through SSBMV1 now and have been doing anywhere from 2-6 rides weekly over the past few months. I’m on track for 10 hours this week and think I can maintain that over the next 2.5 months. Any tips on how I should train? I’m thinking about finishing SSBMV 1/2 substituting the weekend rides (as weather permits) with increasingly long outdoor rides. I have routes locally that are close to the elevation changes I’d expect, so I was thinking of riding those close to the BBS estimates and seeing if I can hold that for longer rides. Any advice is welcome!!