Insight from the Dr.s and veteran racers appreciated here. I am 52yo, started training in 2014 and my first season of racing this year.
I did around 25 races this year I believe and cat 4 now. I struggle when the field initiates sustained surges and at the sprints which either puts me off the back or out of contention on the field sprints. I have stage 3 Lyme and some other med issues which induce anemia(crit level of 35, rbc @ 3.6, wbc @ 3.8, Hemoglobin low, iron below 50 and low T levels). Not great numbers. On the upside, my body comp is excellent, great cardio, very strong legs for my weight(125#), ftp and 5 min power @ cat 2 levels. I do well on long solo training rides with a lot of sustained climbs(5 min to epic mountain duration and holding high power numbers for 50 plus mile rides. Can hit the climbs hard(280-300W for 5 min. duration) and over all NP of 195-210 @ 125# with good over all speed and cardio numbers. Was curious, would the above levels cause the fading and depletion of energy when I cannot dictate an effort? If so, any ideas to compensate for this(legally)? . I am getting frustrated esp. after talking to friends who have no where near the numbers or body comp which I maintain and I watch them initiate attacks in the field and win sprints. Of course, with my small frame and numbers I am more of a climber but trying to figure out how to hang with the field better. Thank you so much for your insight.
Dejected C4 newbie