It worked. I haven’t done a ramp test since spring, but felt similar to the inside ones I remember. The vast majority is pretty easy, above FTP it gets hard but tolerable…then there’s a point where you think you can do 3 more minutes, and then 30 seconds after that point everything wants to quit and you have to really focus to make it through that single minute. Then have to throw every last bit to stepping up another 6% and hanging on for 1 more minute. Then 8 minutes later you think “oh…I think I could’ve done one more step, or at least half a step, I was just being a wimp”
Made it to 484 on the last step, so 363 ftp…which is about what I’d expect right now. Maybe a lack of Chad’s on-screen text motivation cost me a couple watts.
Keeping the power steady at low watts was a lot harder than higher watts. Little undulations in the road and seemingly little corrections make for bigger spikes in power, but once over 260 or so it’s way easier to smooth things out. Especially with the Element which gives the color coded watt bar on the left side, and then 5 second power number. Won’t sync to training peaks now, so can’t look at the lap watts vs. prescribed watts, but in the moment I don’t think I was ever off by more than a few.