Old guy getting back into racing after a long layoff. At 61, I am missing about 150 watts, compared to when I was competitive at 30. (30 power estimated from TT times)
I have only been training seriously since August last year, 11 years off the bike with perhaps 300 miles a year during the off years.
I need another 50 watts added to FTP, to get into cat 3, cat 4 is hard but I can hang in most of the times. At this stage it is just about hanging in. In the Masters 55+ I am doing better, depending on who is there.
Not sure if this (+50 watts) is going to happen? Any masters experience from those who were competitive during their young days will be appreciated.