My FTP Journey Continues
Last week, I did it again! While it wasn’t a huge jump like the last two times, my FTP still increased 2 watts. I am now 3.3 watts/kg. Oh my, the workouts have hit a new level of challenging, that’s for sure!
As I write about the adventure, I am so glad to be done with last week. Last week, my toddler got his first cold and my baby got his first tooth. Every day I was covered in drool, snot, sneezes, coughs and praying my toddler’s fever would break so that he would feel back to normal again. The day I planned to test, I wasn’t even sure if it was going to happen. Mentally I was trying to be ready to ride but also be ready to comfort whichever boy needed me. We made it through the morning and got them down for nap. Both boys were sleeping soundly, so I got set up and ready to ride. Just as I was finishing the spin down, my toddler woke up screaming. Normally, Everitt sleeps soundly so this obviously was due to his cold. I ran up to comfort him in my sweaty bike attire and wanted to make sure he was okay. I hugged and snuggled with him a little and then got him settled back down to sleep. Then I shifted mental gears back to the FTP test. The whole time I was testing, I was staring at the baby monitor praying that both kids were ok for about 30 minutes. Thankfully, I was able to make it through and even see a 2 watt improvement!
Just like the last few tests, I wanted to share my dietary intake for the day leading up to the test. Since I am a Registered Dietitian and athlete, many people ask me what I eat. So here it is (I drank about 60-70 ounces of water during the morning):
Breakfast – Oatmeal square, eggs with spinach and avocado + coffee
Lunch – Whole grain pasta and meatballs with steamed broccoli
During the spin down and FTP test – SIS gel and 2 scoops of Tailwind in water
Overall, I am pleased with the increase. The two tests prior to this one, I had very significant jumps, so I am happy with the results and expected them to be less significant. With all the life stress leading up to the test, I am honestly surprised that I was able to achieve an increase.
Hopefully, you have enjoyed my postpartum bike journey thus far and keep following along as I grow in my bike fitness postpartum and with two babies under 2 ½ years. Maybe I can even encourage you to get back on the bike or be more consistent with your fitness journey. I would love to help you with your nutrition questions so feel free to reach out.
PS: My photo this week had to feature my socks because my sick toddler chose them for me. 🙂