I’m a coached UK rider, coming to the end of my Season in August reverse periodised and racing XC Marathon. In the past before I was coached I used TR, focused in an 1800 cals per day gross and reduced myself to 161 lbs. I was racing my best XC races at the time, training about 5hrs per week.
I’ve moved to XC Marathon and the extra carbs and 2400 cals gross my coach has suggested to supported my training has pushed me to 175 lbs. Now, my FTP hasn’t changed although we’ve focused on muscular endurance and Vo2 max early as I’m a poor climber. My performance seems to have stagnated though to be fair, there have been mitigating circumstances at every race - nothing is the same! I’m training 5-10 hours per week and tapering properly.
So, my question is should I drop the carbs and therefore the weight to help me climb faster/better?