I'm going to do some collegiate racing this year and I have never raced before.
I just completed a month of roughly 16 hours/week riding including a couple of tough 6 hour rides with climbing. We did individual time trials a month ago and I clocked 25:09 on a 5 mile climb with a 2-10% grade before the month of training.
I just repeated the same individual time trial and finished 24:51. Although it was an improvement, I was hoping to improve a lot more after all of the riding I've been doing. A few of the skinny guys had slower times than me a month ago and train less, but improved by 2 minutes this time around. The coach expected the slower riders to have large gains, and somehow I fell short.
The coach collects data from the guys riding with power meters and according to his formula, my average power output for the effort 25 minute effort was 265watts.
I weigh 91kg's but I'm also embarassingly short so my BMI is quite ridiculous. I manage to win a lot of the sprints and I know the crits will be my only outlet, but I still want to get faster for the road courses.
For someone with my W/kg numbers, what should I shoot for in terms of development, increase strength and/or drop weight?
The coach enforces riding zone 2 at this early point in the year. For a rider like me, the 6 hour ride with 4500 feet of climbing at some point becomes survival mode in my granny gear 36x28.
Should I hit the weights on the side to strengthen my legs? Or should I stick to the zone 2 riding and focus on dieting?
I lost about 6 pounds before the 1st time trial, but since then, the weight has not budged. I've been eating a lot to avoid bonking and to help recovery. Do cyclists alternate bulking and cutting as in weightlifting?
I am quite possibly overthinking everything, simple answer may be just to ride, but I want to make sure I get the most bang for my buck in terms of training because all of this riding takes away from my school work. I'm applying to med schools this spring, so school is still the biggest priority. Most of all, its disappointing to become the slowest guy on a team.