I am a 60 year old never-wuz-be. I’ve been riding road bikes off and on since the early 1970s. I haven’t raced since a few attempts in the 70s & early 80s. I did some triathlons until I had to give up running 5 years ago. Cycling is my main activity to try to fight the process of aging and to keep relatively fit.
I have been using Zwift for over a year on my old Computrainer. I’ve loved it. In the last 3-4 months most of my Zwifting has been concentrated on Marco Pinotti’s 12 week FTP builder with 4 FTP tests thrown in to see if the bar moved. It is the first time I’ve done power based training as I don’t have a power meter on my bike and have relied on speed and HR when outdoors.My FTP increased over the period of the indoor training but I wanted to see if would translate to results outdoors. Today was the test.
Today’s ride was on a route in Southern Florida. It’s a ride I’ve done several times in the last 3 years when here on vacation. The road is pancake flat but there is always wind. Until today I think I only did it once in with an average speed slightly above 30kph. Most times it was in the 29 kph area. Today I averaged 31.5 kph and wind was a factor. I surprised myself with how good I felt and the speed I had in the head wind sections.
Thanks to Zwift and Marco Pinotti for helping an old geezer improve. Bravo!
I am even contemplating the purchase of a power meter for a bike to try to keep in The Zone!