FIrst race of the year here in Phoenix this weekend. I’m supposed to ramp test Saturday but, since I’m racing Sunday I’m gonna skip it and ride easy that day.
I’m racing 35+ 1-4 which is probably ill advised. I’ll use the race as a yardstick to measure my fitness and see where I’m coming up short or struggling.
Last season when I was supposed to ramp test but there was a race that week, I’d look at the NP after the race and use it to adjust my FTP. Seemed to work pretty well despite not being a terribly scientific approach to testing.
Maybe, to set your “Crit FTP”. It might give you a realistic level for doing anaerobic / sprint workouts. However it will very likely be completely wrong for doing sustained sweetspot and threshold intervals.
I know someone who can knock out 20 minutes of 20/40 reps with 300 normalised power, but struggles to do 15 minutes at a steady 285.