Thanks guys. I will keep hitting the weights and keep my weight in check. Also, I know that there is no research to support this statement but I think that lifting can help balance the sympathetic (can be overworked through anaerobic training)and parasympathetic systems (can be overworked through aerobic training)and thereby help with hormones. Plus, I just like to push weight around : )
I changed handlebars, thank you Rotundo, and that feels so much better to rock the bike back and forth. Gained 100 W.
Second, and this is a revelation, is positioning in the field up to the sprint. My top end is not even big but it seems (in my small fishpond) that I am okay at holding a high speed in the km before the sprint and then I am still able to jump and hold power to cross the line.
Thanks guys, I'll now return to my lurk mode.
I worked out my sprinting for a solid year when I was like 18 yrs old. Pretty much the only thing I did was go to the park and try to hit 35mph. I'd do that 10-30 times then head home(4 mile ride to the park).
1 yr of that of like 3-5 days a week. You guys got nothing on my training plan.
-Cat-3-o-meter: TBD :/
More seriously, this is why there's no substitute for experience in figuring out where your strengths lie. Going into your first couple of seasons trying to set goals based on your build isn't necessarily productive. I went into my first season thinking I was going to be a strong climber, as it turned out... nope! Being 125 lbs guarantees nothing; it does help if your predispositions run in that direction, though. By the same token, being small doesn't mean you can't sprint either. I'm not a pure sprinter, not even close, but I'm not really any slower than my average peer in my races, despite usually weighing 20-40 lbs less. Like rkwaki is getting at... what's going to work is all about the individual. There's no formula.
The Honest Bicycle Program - Heady talk about bikes, bike racing, bike racers and bike riding. standarddouble.com/whbp
"if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein
tried to do a search for it (couldn't find it), but google turned up this gem which is possibly even more humiliating:
I "pooped my pants" during White House visit
pic from my Sunday endurance/too-easy-and-not-really base ride.
Jandro is there too.