I’m about to test my FTP for the second time after several weeks of training and i’m wondering whether to do the ramp again or the 20 min test. The reason I ask is that a much more experienced friend of mine has been training for lots of years did a ramp test after a period of training that he felt should’ve increased his FTP and he’d stayed the same. However, he did a sprint tri and used the bike section to go flat out and measure his FTP and it had gone up. His view is that he has a harder time putting out high power than he does putting out a continuous power and therefore the ramp test doesn’t work very well for him. Thoughts on this?
My first ramp test I got 202 so if I do a 20 min test after sweet spot base and a week riding in the mountains in Mallorca then would I guess at something like 210-220 for the 20 min? My friend suggested starting at 210 and if I feel like I’ve got more in me several mins into the test then try to up my power output for the remainder of the test. Thoughts appreciated.