Just throwing it out there. I am going on my 3rd year of TR. I don’t hate ramp tests at all. I used to really like the 20 min test and the ramp test is fine, though I don’t think it suits me all that well.
But my point is that a test has NEVER surprised me up or down. Going into the tests, I think about what they could/should be and that is about what I get. Now, I can understand that this thinking could influence the 20 min test, with its straightforward math. But in the ramp test, I never figure out ahead of time what I would need to do to get to x level.
Granted, my FTP over the last year has only fluctuated by about 10w +/- overall. I have bigger gains in my goals this year, and wondering if I continue on my incremental FTP increases as I complete work outs and assess how I am feeling vs. testing.