I’m 43, in my second year with TR (and third of cycling), ramped my FTP from 230W to 264W ( = 3.72 w/kg). My 1s, 5s and 60s power is rather weak, being 752W, 653W and 449W respectively. My 5 min is 318W.
Goal: of course, I’m looking to get stronger and raise my FTP to 4.0 w/kg or, ideally 4.2, what would put me on “magical” 300W threshold.
I was doing Sustained Power Build (LV) phase in my previous winter season (as that was definitely my weakness I felt on the group rides and as I aim for triathlon / TT ultimately), but now I’m thinking to try Short Power plan (LV) to raise my “ceiling”. Got this idea after hearing in one of the last episodes Coach @chad explaining strength training made quite convincing comparison of two riders - one, having 600W 5s power and 300W FTP operates at 50% max, while another, having 1200W @ 5s and same FTP operates at 25%.
Is it time for me to bump my “ceiling” or I will just derail myself from my primary aim (triathlon/TT) and I should continue with Sustained Power Build phase? Ach, btw, my Garmin VO2max is currently 65 (but reached 68 two months ago).
thanks in advance for all your insights!