Long story short: I had some time out in May/June due to travel/illness and my CTL dropped from 58 to 40, FTP dropped from 250 to 235, my weight went up 10lbs. I’m fully recovered and can train consistently but not sure how best to plan the rest of the year.
- Not focus on racing the rest of the season and spend the time working on base fitness/core strength, skills and weight loss (something like the 10 week strength x 2)
- Target a race towards the end of the season and do some high intensity interval work to try to train a bit of my top end (Crit intervals plan maybe)
- Continue racing for experience but go back to SS Part 1 then start offseason training in October.
Goals: My goal this season was to start racing and not get dropped, which became targeting a podium after a few top 10 finishes. Longer term I’d like to get my weight down to around 185lbs and try to hold it there.
Limiters: My weight is a huge factor (220lbs) as most crit courses here in NYC include a short punchy climb which need 500-600W 60sec efforts just to stay with the pack. Cornering, bike skills in general could use some work.
I followed the offseason plan leading into this season and was the fittest I’d probably ever been so I do intend to follow that again, but I have a good 10 weeks or so before I’d have to start that again so want to make the most of that time now that I’m recovered and can train fully again.