I hope this is the right location for my query.
I am looking back over the past season’s data for a rider whose speciality is Hill Climbing. This is a niche sport in the UK with a duration of typically only 5 minutes. The athlete DID achieve their goal which was to win a National race so all good, but they felt disappointed by their perceived increase in performance, or lack of it.
If you look at the chart which (hopefully) I have attached, you can see the rider improved Pmax (although not as much as suggested of course), VO2 max and FTP.
However, when I look at FRC it seems to initially grow, then plateau and then fall suddenly.
I’m left a little confused firstly by the sudden drop, although it’s not unusual in WKO but also I’m wondering:
- Is it actually possible to grow VO2 max AND FRC simultaneously?
- Does it matter / is it desirable in such an event?