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I wish I had even your starting numbers. I just got a Stages PM, and did a FTP test. 191.

While disappointing, these numbers will be useful on and off the trainer. This gives me a consistent base to start from. My goal is to hit 250 by April (maybe unrealistic, but it's a goal).
well how disappoint you should get should also depends on your weight. If you're anything under 150 lbs, that's a decent start, and if you're under 140 lbs, that's a great start, and if under 130 lbs, that's cat3 potential down the road right there!
 

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I wish I had even your starting numbers. I just got a Stages PM, and did a FTP test. 191.

While disappointing, these numbers will be useful on and off the trainer. This gives me a consistent base to start from. My goal is to hit 250 by April (maybe unrealistic, but it's a goal).
I’m 135lbs. After not cycling for years, my 60min CP after a couple of weeks was probably around 180W. After two years on and off, my 60min CP is 280W and climbing. I think 190->250 by April is doable if you are truly starting from very low cycling fitness and are a bit heavier than I am, but it will take a lot of SST and some VO2Max/anaerobic work. The latter is necessary so you can gain an understanding of how much suffering your body can take.

if you really want quick gains, get a smart trainer an Zwift. Start joining races and try to hold onto the front group in your category, then upgrade when that no longer poses a challenge.
 

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if you really want quick gains, get a smart trainer an Zwift. Start joining races and try to hold onto the front group in your category, then upgrade when that no longer poses a challenge.
Update: I am now at 234 FTP, weight down to 172 from 190. Two Cat 5 crits under my belt, but made mistakes in both that cost me a finish off the back (first was leading the race with 1000 watts off the line and then blowing up, second was getting my hand caught while wearing winter gloves in very cold weather and loosing the pack. Didn't appreciate the gap that was forming until it was too late to catch).

I am probably due for a new threshold test. I seem to be able to perform at my current FTP with much less perceived exertion, and much lower heart rate.
 

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Update: I am now at 234 FTP, weight down to 172 from 190. Two Cat 5 crits under my belt, but made mistakes in both that cost me a finish off the back (first was leading the race with 1000 watts off the line and then blowing up, second was getting my hand caught while wearing winter gloves in very cold weather and loosing the pack. Didn't appreciate the gap that was forming until it was too late to catch).

I am probably due for a new threshold test. I seem to be able to perform at my current FTP with much less perceived exertion, and much lower heart rate.
Very nice!!!! Your weight drop and power gain is awesome.
 

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Wow. I just stumbled back here and it is funny how things progressed. I just finished my second road season and am beginning my second cyclocross season. My weight actually went up a tad to 178 and my FTP as of December 2018 is 283. I settled in as a flat crit sprint specialist on road and a generalist in cross. Midpack Cat 4 in both. Will be testing FTP again soon with an expectation of @305.
 
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