Thanks guys for all of the informative posts.
I have a question about my FTP, Performance Management Chart statistics, and prep for racing. Based on my numbers in the performance management chart and 4 more weeks to prep, am I on track to be competitive in Men's CAT 5?
My first race (Criterium series) will start on February 25. I have been training with a Cycleops PowerTap for approximately 3 months. Unfortunately a bike wreck and hand surgery derailled my training in December, but I am back on the bike and working hard to get ready to race.
I am a CAT 5 beginning rider (37 years old).
My current Power Profile looks like this:
5 Sec: 1096 watts (14 w/kg)
1 min: 512 watts (6.4w/kg)
5 min: 340 watts (4.3 w/kg)
20 min: 267 watts (3.4 w/kg)
60 min: 245 watts (3.2 w/kg)
My performance management chart has me at +0.9 Training Stress Balance, Acute Training Load (ATL) of 79.7 and Chronic Training Load (CTL) of 58.3.