I’m not one of the 5w/kg riders but at my current trajectory it would take two more successful offseasons. Considering I’m 40 now it might not happen, but my goal for each successive year will be to gain 10 to 15 watts from previous year peak. So far that has equaled a 10 to 20 + bump in <=5 min part of curve which is more of a determinant of success on a mtb than ftp alone. To give myself a better chance to get up there I think I’m going to need to do a base/build/base/build type offseason from here on out, or some sort of mini VO2 specific block. I’m pretty sure that my VO2 abilities are going to be my limiting factor… I’m not trying to get down in weight much more.
1 kg to go to get down to 68 kg, which is heavier than some of the higher w/kg guys at the same height of 5’8" some of them are around 60 kg. Nino is the same weight, but he’s just a freak, and the XCO events favor raw power, since the climbs are relatively short, not much sustained.