Stats: 37m, 5’11 152lb cat 3 road racer. Ftp 266 (3.86w/kg). Divorced father of a 3 and 5 year old and a full-time job 40-50hr a week.
I’ve been training/racing for 5 years now, and this is my 3rd season on trainer road. When I started training with power my ftp was 250 and over the course of 4 years it has risen 16 measly watts to 266. I’ve currently just completed the short power build phase 2 (I race mostly crits…if they happen) and just did the ramp test for my specialty phase today. I’ve been stuck at 266w since December despite pretty constant training.
I know I have a lot of life stress with going though a divorce 1.5 years ago (which ironically is when I saw my biggest bump) and having two little kids 50% of the time but it is extremely frustrating to not see my ftp increase over the course of 5 months despite putting in 6-8 hours of interval training weekly. I’m not looking to make the pro peloton but I was hoping to at least make 4w/kg.
Do i need a coach? (Not really in the financial cards right now) A change in diet? (I already eat pretty healthy, no beef and lots of clean carbs) Less stress? More work? Age catching up to me? Or am I just destined to be a pack fodder sub 4wkg Cat 3?