Finished my 10th ramp test last night. It was a good enough test, I mean, I was spent, HR was maxed, and I added a few watts. 3.0 w/kg.
It got me thinking, I looked back at all 10 tests, 9/10 of the tests all fail within about 15 seconds after starting step 16. I mean, like, all of the tests I break between 25:09 to 25:23. Thought it was curious. I don’t believe anything is right or wrong, just curious.
Anyone else ever notice the same thing?
If it matters, I’ve trained almost exclusively in the tri plans, either 1/2 or full. When I have tried the sweet spot it has wrecked my running legs.
I guess some more information. First test, July 2018, last test Jan 2020.
My times are wrong, 25:09 to 25:23 are the overall times of the Ramp Test, not time in step. That is my bad, I apologize. I guess what I meant to say is, 9/10 times I fail within 20 seconds of Step 16 starting, which is in the 20:09 to :20:23 timeframe if you are simply looking at the ramp.
I do apply the FTP change after each test. In general, the increase is in the 5-8 watt range.
I’d also like to point out that, over the course of a year, my FTP cycles between race ready (high) and after taking a break (low). So it isn’t like my FTP is always growing. It cycles, between a low point and a high point.
After race season, after taking a break, I will lower the FTP setting as I start base again.
In all, I simply found it interesting, no matter what my current FTP is, that I fail within a few seconds, on every test, regardless of my current FTP.
Maybe I could be using TR better. Like, when I start over on base, that I don’t lower the FTP. I lower so I can finish the rides/plan. Maybe next cycle I’ll man up and keep the high/race ready FTP and see what happens.
Do exactly this. If your FTP figure is too much lower than ‘reality’, you’ll potentially be training in the wrong zones and thus not getting the intended benefit of following a structured plan. No shame in not finishing (or having to dial down) the odd ride here and there, or finding the end of a block really hard - otherwise how do you know when you’ve reached your current limits?