I have a riding buddy who’s way faster than me, but is super cool and supportive. He’ll push the pace but never drop me and this pushes me to ride harder. On our 7/4 ride, I hit an IF of 1.02 for close to 2 hours (Avg 197, NP 252 on an FTP of 246). I manually bumped my FTP from 246 to 266 and had successful workouts. There was no rationale to the 20W increase…I was just winging it!
We rode again yesterday with a similar distance and elevation. My speed and power was up nicely over the prior ride with the same RPE. Avg pwr 213 (+16W), NP 271 (+25W) compared to last time. Again the IF was 1.02.
In both rides there’s a lot of coasting (I’m a big guy and can easily pass him on the downhills) and anaerobic surges (as I try not to fall to far behind going back up!). RPE was not high at all considering how fun it is not to suffer alone and I was downing the carbs pretty heavily.
Should I update my FTP again? One answer I’m sure is to just take the ramp test, but I’m trying to get some more easy saddle time this week because I have a 192 mile/2 day ride this weekend. I want to know how to pace the ride and I don’t know if testing or assuming a new FTP would mess with my pacing. Any tips are apprecated.