Hi all, i wanted to share my story on how i started cycling. But also tease out a thought.
I am 36 yrs old, work full time in wealth advisory and about to have our 7th child. YES 7. I still cant believe it!!!
I have always been active, gym, basketball, golf - if you call golf active! But with the stresses of life, i found myself putting on weight. At Christmas lunch last year, swimming with my kids (I live in Sydney), I looked around and saw most of the dads sitting around, overweight and beaten down by life. This was going to be me in 10 yrs, unless i made changes.
With a large family, time is to focus on me is limited. So i decided to start cycling to work. 12kms each way (about 7miles). This changed my life. I am 165cms tall and weighted 82kgs. Now, 70kgs. My kids love fit dad. My wife say in am good to look at!!
They key to my success was consistency. I am a decision that I would ride everyday - whether is it was raining, hailing, windy, cold or sunny. And did.
Why did i tell you all of that?
As my passion for cycling grew, i found myself spending more and more time riding, reading, watching and browsing all things cycling. As i got fitter my goals, or as coach Chad says, my priorities changed. I wanted to get faster. I found TR on Youtube - and here we are…
I joined TR and completed my first FPT test in July. Disappointing with 195 FPT, i committed myself to Base Low volume. In Sept my FTP was 229. Happy days - Well…more watts = more pain!! Thank you TR.
Here is my question…
I am of east African decent, from Tanzania (next to Kenya - those guys how run far!!) to be exact. I found that i respond to certain types of workouts - Spanish Neddle and Bashful - VO2 (and hate others - over/under). I recently completed a Dexa, i am at 11% body fat and have 66kgs of lean mass. I feel i have a lot a power, specially 1 minute power. My goal is to get to about 270 - 280 FTP over the next 12 months so i could race with the young kids in my local crits.
How should i approach my training / workout to build more muscular endurance, raise FTP whilst taking advantage of my genetic make up? How should i use my commute rides - recovery or VO2, sprints? Beside my commute, i have up to 4 - 5 hours i could train each week.