I am an avid Trainerroad user, and have been pleased with the FTP gains I have been able to achieve, however I seem to have a recurring problem as my FTP increases for my peak each season.
In 2016 I improved to 365, 2017 got me to 370, and this year I tested on the ramp test at 404. As a bigger rider these numbers got me to just over 4 watts per kilogram.
In each of the past three years, I have gotten to a FTP of around 370 but when training at that level, things seemed to fall apart. After watching the trainerroad podcast about dexa scans, it made me wonder if I may be Maxing out. Even at my peak fitness I was probably not less than 20% body fat, meaning that I could be close to 6 watts per kilogram lean mass. If that were the case, I probably was maxed out.
Should we be be considering our watts per kilogram lean mass after our ramp test and potentially not increase our ftp setting to avoid over training?