Oh boy, ‘someone moaning about weak FTP test’ post #873638892.
I did a ramp test today, as scheduled in my training plan, and am a bit frustrated with myself and disheartened by my progress. Today’s test saw an ‘improvement’ of 1watt!! I may as well have lost the watt, given my turbos margin for error… (tacx flux s). This has been the case for the last 2-3 tests.
For what it’s worth, I’m well rested, well fueled, well focussed, and I’ve been training consistently per the TR plan. I’m M, 30, 186~lbs, 17-19% body fat, so a million miles from physical prime. I feel like I have a lot more to gain, however my testing is telling me otherwise.
One thing that I was thinking about asking recently, and may or may not be related is my geography, and the type of riding I do. I live in a very flat part of the world (East UK) and my riding and training has largely been focussed on endurance rides, sportives etc. I’m wondering if I am limiting myself and my progress by focusing on long, steady efforts, and not allowing myself to build up my weakness that is higher effort, VO2 type work. By the time I’m 18-20 mins deep in a ramp test this is obviously where I’m at, and despite being prepared for it, I just gas out!
I noticed on a recent 5hr ride that after 3-4 hours even going slightly above my steady endurance pace for a short period of time (eg a moderate hill/ slope, taking 30-120 seconds) felt tough, tougher than I would expect.
I was thinking of manually changing my speciality plan, from century, to rolling road race. I’m my head this will stil be applicable for my goals (sportives and group rides) however will also help me on my weaknesses.
What are your thoughts, am I missing something?
Thanks in advance.