Been watching the TR podcasts and love them and I think to improve my Zwifting I maybe should subscribe here. (yes, sorry, I’m not a serious cyclist - yet!)
I’m super new to cycling, 3 months new, so super super new. I got into Zwift just before the Tour de France kicked off this year and took to it right away. I had no idea what an ftp was or why it mattered but got into it and did my first test. I will qualify this by saying I’m a 40 year old mother but even that pre-cursor doesn’t justify the 122 ftp Result I got. I had no idea if that was good or bad, so just got into the game; coming last in D races for week, doing an ftp builder programme and retesting every couple of weeks.
Fast forward to today, I’ve dropped 6 kilos, moved to 198 ftp and can win the women Cat C Crit (flat!) races so I’m pretty happy with that but now I’m a woman possessed! I want to be a Cat B rider, but I know my ftp can only go so far as a woman (maybe 250?) and my best way to win any longer or hillier rides has to be to lose weight and get fitter (I can’t really go for more than 220 watts for any longer than 20 mins without a heart attack) and I just fall off the back on any hill - I’m 72kilos and those 50kilos girls force me to put out 300 watts to stay with them on the hills (which sadly - I can not sustain!).
So, my question is - how can I go on making progress and get to be that CAT B racer? Does Trainer Road have a plan for me? I can’t see my ftp being the limiter now as much as my weight and fitness - so I need a weight loss plan I guess? If you were me - where would you focus now?
I have no cycling buddies to ask! /sad