Although the TR guys say there is no need to do a warm-up before taking a ramp test, I prefer to do a 15 minute low level warm-up before every test. This is something I’ve done for ages and is one the things I do to ensure consistency whenever I re-test. My warm-up consists of 5 minutes at 45% FTP, 5 minutes at 50% and 5 minutes at 55% - clearly nothing too strenuous that will have a negative impact on the test itself; it just feels as if it serves as a very gentle way of loosening my legs. (I’m 58, have a physically demanding job, and have noticed the older I get the longer my legs take to warm / loosen up.) To this end I’ve created a 15 minute custom workout using Workout Creator consisting of the three five minute segments.
If I clone the ramp test in Workout Creator, add those three warm-up segments to the start of the cloned test and save it to my custom workouts, will I be able to use it as a bone fide and fully functioning ramp test? Will the cloned test retain the same dynamic feature of the original by automatically extending the length of the test the more steps you complete?