I spent last Saturday and Sunday cutting a bunch of branches off the trees overhanging my house. For those of you who haven’t done this, you do this a using saw on the end of a 10-15 foot pole. You reach up and put the saw on the top/side of the branch and saw up and down by pulling on the end of a long pole. I realized Monday that this a hamstring and triceps intensive exercise as both muscle groups were quite sore. Today, Tuesday, I attempted to do a scheduled ramp test. I was feeling good midway through, my HR was low for the effort. I calculated after the test that I was averaging about 4bpm less and doing about 10 more watts than the comparable step of my last ramp test. About halfway through step 14 my left hamstring cramped and I had to stop. I figure I had about 8-10bpm left before I hit my max HR.
My plan is to increase my FTP about 3% and start my build phase. Does this sound reasonable? or perhaps I should take a second rest week and retest?
Any input appreciated,