Great race report and congrats on surviving the Gila SR. I did that race many years ago and was sooo trashed after finishing one of the stages that I accidentally left my helmet on the ground behind my car and ran it over, smashing it into a million pieces. I think I did it subliminally so I'd have an excuse to go home.
Insofar as 4.2 w/kg making someone a domestic pro that chart (in the blog) is BOGUS! The numbers I've seen published by various sources are way too low, as 4.5 is table stakes to be a decent climber (at least in SCal/NCal races) and the best are pushing a helluva lot more than that.
Lindsay Blount, who finished 2cnd on GC in the 40+ Gila field is a local gentic freak who crushes us most weekends when he's not off crushing others at various national events. I'd peg Lindsay's FTP (one hour power) at 5+. You realize very quickly that either "you got it" or you don't in this sport.
I know the chart is bogus... but on the other hand it is old (before Cat 5 was invented and maybe long before that). I don't remember where it came from, but supposedly someone thought it was typical at one time.
Lindsay Blount might be well above 5 W/kg on FTP. I was talking to some other guys in my race around the breakfast table one morning, and they said there was someone in our race with FTP of 5 who was only mid-pack on the Mogollon climb (where his avg was ~4.5).
Boyer, who I think finished 12th in the Tour de France one year, only managed 7th on Mogollon and 5th overall!
Lindsay is an amazing rider, but what's even more amazing is that he's a better person (as humble as the day is long) than he is a rider, and that's saying a lot. What he's accomplished in a very short period of time is amazing. The fact that he can take on ex-pros like Carter, Boyer and C Walker and go toe-to-toe with them is amazing.
If he had ridden and competed as a junior I have no doubt he would have been a Euro pro, and a succesful one at that. Instead he became/is an oncologist at the Santa Barbara Cancer Center and saves lives in his "spare time".