What I mean is if you are entering say, a quick Crit race or something under 10k compared to a longer race, do you enter the race based on your ftp as calculated by Zwift? Or your anticipated performance during that race?
My ftp is about 2.4/2.5 right now, right at the cusp of C/D. In some (well most) C races I get completely dropped. In most others I’m near the back. Cat C seems to be the worst for sandbagging and cheating in general. Race results for other categories, to be honest, look far more realistic. My endurance is relatively worse so I don’t think I’d be sandbagging if I entered Cat D for longer races (+20-25 km). For the Crit races I would definitely be sand-baggy as my sprinting seems relatively better at my ability level.
I’m also doing 2 races per day sometimes. On tired legs, dropping down to D wouldn’t feel as petty given my ‘fatigued’ ftp is probably under 2.4. But ‘fresh’ I’m definitely Cat C.
Any thoughts? How do you choose your races?
For what it’s worth I’m having the most fun in ‘E’ races. Seems I always end up in at least a small group.