I don’t really care about racing, so don’t have any race goals. Clearly that’s what it’s about for most people and I have no qualms with that. For me I just wanna raise that number and trying to set realistic progression goals. 5 just seems like a very difficult but also seeming attainable goal and round numbers are nice Maybe I’ll aim for 400w instead, being a pretty big guy, but as people have mentioned weight seems like the easier number to tweak to hit a target.
My sustained power and tested ftp are usually quite close, I tested at 311 and did 307 for 52 mins a soon after so I think if I trained for that specifically I could probably get quite close.
10w or ~4% a year once you make those initial gains seems like a good metric but I think I need to get to around 4.3/4.4 this year, if I want to make it before I get too old, with fully structured training before I have to grind for that.
Thanks for all the info!