So I’m hoping for some wisdom on how to improve.
32 yo male busy professional with a demanding job. I’m 6 feet tall and 162 pounds. Current Ftp is 210. My goal is two fold: get to be able to do long climbs by spring time and second is potentially do cat 5 at some point. Im thinking an FTP of 250 is a good target to train for?
I was quite sedentary for a while but lost about 25 pounds 2 years ago which I’ve maintained and then have been cycling more the last five months. I would say I tend to get most weekends off and do about 2 hours the first day and longer the second … Mid week I try to squeeze in short rides but often end up with just one early morning ride.
Any suggestions for an appropriate training program mainly to use for short rides mid week and perhaps a short ride before the longer weekend rides to get structured efforts in?
Second question is looking forward a bit … What do most people get as far as bikes? I love the look of aero bikes but my feeling is I’m probably better served by an endurance bike as I get closer to 35? My current bike is an old trek 5000 but it’s a size 58 so has more slack than what I’ve seen on aero bikes today ( 577 cm slack 380 reach setup w 25 mm spacers and 100 mm stem but a longer reach handlebar) … I used to have about 8 cm saddle drop but with my last fit they brought that down to just under 5 and I think looking at geometry figures my bike seems to sit between most endurance 56 cm /frames and aero 58 cm bikes ( I’m afraid the stack on the 56 cm ones seems too low for me?) … I can easily touch my fingers to the ground without a bend in my legs but can’t get my palm on there. I do have weak back muscle strength though and a chronically hunched over posture.