I had pretty broad question that probably can't be answered specifically, but I wanted to see if there was a generally held consensus among those of you that frequent this board. I am a Cat 4 (and have been there for about two seasons), and I got serious this summer about training. I have been on the bike since May and picked up a powertap, and with a coach, managed to get my FTP to 362 watts at about 70kg (5.2 watts/kg). This brings me to my question (actually a couple of questions). Is there an easy way short of lactate and Vo2 max testing to determine what my physiological ceiling would be? I have a pretty good amount of data now from the last couple of months, so I am guessing there might be a way to extrapolate what a best possible FTP (give or take) would be.
Also - I usually can't get more than a couple of races in a summer, so I am having trouble accumulating enough upgrade points to move up. If I was able to count a couple of seasons I would have enough, but the USCF rules seem to limit the ability to count old seasons. Have any of you put in for an upgrade with not enough points, but were able to make the case that you should be in a higher category? Thanks!