This week is a recovery week in my training plan; 3 weeks on 1 week recover and test. Tonight is the local 10 mile TT, so I took advantage and used it to test my FTP.
I show up on my tt bike and training wheels (32 spoke open pro's) because I want the power data. Out and back, 15mph crosswind so it's bad on the way out, manageable on the way back. All I care about are watts. Shooting for an average of 300w for the TT.
Pull up to the finish and wait around a bit to see times just for fun. I ran a 25:11 (24 mph avg). Timer looks at me and goes "4 seconds". I lost by 4 seconds. lol how crazy. It's the smallest margin i've ever had.
Anyway, chatting with the winner, I noticed he had a powertap. I ask him what wattage he was shooting for. He says 215w . Let me reiterate . He's running a P2c with 32 spoke front and back and a regular helmet. I don't call him out on it there, but I figure i'd bring it up here. 215w ave for 24.1 mph into the wind? What do ya'll think?
P.S. FTP's at 280w It's up 30% from November. I'm hoping for the magic 300 by May