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    Unreasonable wattage increases...

    Is it realistic to think that I could have increased my wattage at FTP by 15% from last August? I didn't race preceding August, and my riding didn't include the interval, or long tempo, rides that it has since.

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    The reason I bring this up is that I'm going in for a follow up lactate test tomorrow.
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    Sure it is. If you're a beginner rider, significant increases in FTP can be expected.
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    Not really a beginning rider, but a beginning racer. More importantly, this was the first year that I've had a structured plan. What's too much to expect? 20%? 25?

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    i dunno
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    5-10% ?

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    I started riding in July 2005 and I increased my FTP by 15% from November 05 to May 06, so I'd say yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yep
    Is it realistic to think that I could have increased my wattage at FTP by 15% from last August? I didn't race preceding August, and my riding didn't include the interval, or long tempo, rides that it has since.
    If you've never really trained to raise your threshold, I wouldn't be surprised. I mean, it's 8 months.
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    Word. I've been doing fantasy W to KG calculations, and a 15% increase, along with a little weight loss, is what I need for 4 w/kg. Silly, I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yep
    Word. I've been doing fantasy W to KG calculations, and a 15% increase, along with a little weight loss, is what I need for 4 w/kg. Silly, I know.
    Not really. I'm in my first year of serious training, and second year of racing, and I'm bumping up on 4.2 w/kg. You'd be surprised how fast things can move when you start to do sustained, hard intervals.

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    Mine went up qute a bit when I first started training seriously (relatively). However, in the past six or eight months it has only gone up a few watts. I am able to hold it longer and I am getting stronger in other aspects, just not so much as far as threshold is concerned.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza Man
    I started riding in July 2005 and I increased my FTP by 15% from November 05 to May 06, so I'd say yes.
    The fact that Pizza Man increased his FTP by 15% should tell you it's NOT NORMAL because he's not a normal racer.

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