For a while things were progressing nicely. But in looking at my ride data from the past month, it's pretty clear that I've hit a plateau and need to change something to bust out of my current rut. In years past, I've oftentimes felt there were periods where my cycling fitness stalled, but this year as I'm using a power meter, the plateau is certainly evident. When it comes to hitting a plateau, I know I'm not alone. What do other riders do when they feel they aren't progressing toward their goals? I'd appreciate any 'rut-busting' prescriptions, or tips to overcoming my current hurdle. My training week has become pretty routine (see below), so I'm open to doing something completely different. As background, here's what I'm seeing: My peak power (5 sec, 1 min, 5 min and 20 min) hasn't changed that significantly in the past three months. In looking at the 'peaks' for these durations over past few months I'm actually stunned at how consistent they are. For example, my March, April and May 5 min peak power marks are all within a percentage point of one another. Even though my power numbers haven't increased, my endurance, 'repeatability' and recovery (within the ride and day-to-day) has improved markedly. My spin is better as is power on the flats (most 'peaks' recorded while climbing at <80 rpm). Put another way, my training efforts so far have added a *lot* of matches to the matchbook, but the individual matches aren't burning any hotter. At least for March, the 'peaks' put down then happened when motivation, rest, weather and everything else came together to make for a few strong days in the saddle. Today, I can routinely match the standards set back then but haven't had any sort of breakthrough ride where I kick out a new set of numbers, eclipsing the old ones. Training this year has averaged 10-15 hours/week, 175-250 miles, 650-850 TSS points with an IF ~0.82. Typical week consists of solo rides Tu-W-Th (two days 'sweet spot' or FTP climbing, one day L5 [and beyond] intervals), a spirited group ride Saturday and finally a long, hard ride with one or two evenly-matched training buddies Sunday. I'm in SoCal, so I ride year-round, though volume for Oct-Nov was ~50% of what I'm riding right now. FWIW, I definitely don't think I'm ‘overtraining.’ My power profile decidedly favors endurance. One minute power is a huge weakness, and the club rides confirm this. I plan on racing a few select events late this summer, mainly road races. I really was hoping to see a little more improvement to FTP before entering the fray, then doing some Tuesday night training races to help with one-minute power. I haven't raced road bikes before but did a lot of NORBA racing from 1992-95. Oh yeah, just to add to my frustration, I'm still trying to catch up to the fitness I had this time last year. While I didn't have a power meter last year, I did download all my Polar data and know my split times on all the local climbs at various RPEs. I'm close to where I was this time last year, but still lagging. And another year older. Ug.