I’m new to TR, and never ride a road bike. I’ve been riding XC MTB for 3 years, racing on a Cat3 level, usually top 5, but have never won a race. Fell in love with the TR podcast, bought a road bike, trainer, power pedals, and was pumped to jump in!
I did my first ramp test yesterday – 387, giving me a w/kg of 5.5 (I’m 155 lb). That seemed way too high, considering the numbers I normally see on the forum and discussed on the podcast, I was expecting in the 200’s. I did some research on the forums and it seems the ramp test may be deceptive because it’s only high power for a few minutes. So I did a 20 min FTP test today. Identical result – 387.
Tell me if I’m totally missing something – but these numbers seem too high. I’m fit, but not even competitive at CAT2 on a MTB. The only other thing I can think is it might be my power pedal – I have a Favero Uno, which only measures one side. I clicked “Double Power” on the Favero Assiamo app, which makes me suspicious that it might be doubling it in Favero AND Trainer Road (effectively quadrupling the power). But that doesn’t quite track either, since halving the power to 193 seems too low for someone that rides as much/hard as me. My other thought is maybe my power number is real, but TR will help me increase the length of time I can sustain the power? Finally – maybe I’m overreacting and 387 FT and 5.5 w/kg isn’t actually that great and I need to get off my high horse?
Any constructive feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!