Oh yeah, I did the Ramp Test last Saturday!
Sorry if that was confusing. I’ve been all over the place with the training this year. Every plan I tried to do I failed. Just couldn’t complete workouts because I was dieting too hard. Ended up wrecking my metabolism, couldn’t get HR up, and even riding outside for 150watts felt like I was pushing a 58tooth up front!
Stopped dieting and started eating normally again and regained about 8kilos since late August and the past 4 to 6 weeks have seen my heart rate and everything return to normal, well, normal is in I can sustain a high heart rate for a while and can complete workouts that I attempt without feeling like hell. The workouts I was testing myself with were in general rather easy. Tempo workouts and 4 min threshold workouts on Zwift at a random FTP value I thought would be doable. Then I got motivated to try training properly again hence coming back to TR.
Having been through all that… I was just really surprised to see my Ramp Test match (well just a few watts under) my best ever result in an FTP test which was last Feb (when TR beta’d the Test).
I thought maybe it was just some anomaly or maybe I’m better than average at that end of things which makes the FTP result unrealistic.
Anyway, after posting here I have done that Monitor+1 at only 8 watts under the FTP test result, which for me still seemed high and a bit daunting. On the last two blocks my heart rate did max out at 165, but in terms of feeling, it wasn’t what I would consider stressful. Actually quite enjoyed the workout and am considering keeping the FTP value there.
Another wall of text that complicates the situation even more haha! I have had a weird and demotivating year in terms of cycling. Dieting hard really has messed with me. If I was to tell you the power I was struggling to push and the FTP result I just got, I’m pretty sure you’d also be extremely skeptical