Hey guys! I have a question about my previous FTP test(s). This week I tested 20 watts lower than previous test. Retested a couple days later and got a similar result.
Here is my background/stats. Experienced racer. Started with TR after the first of this year. Using plan builder, I followed a plan with a peak in mid June. I am using the 20 min test, as I am consistantly 20 watts higher than with the ramp test. Went thru what looked like a shortened version of SSB1, SSB2, then Build. Just finished build last week, erased my races from plan builder, and am restarting SSB1/SSB2/Build until races show back up on the calendar.
First test (January) 263w
Second (February) 277w
Third (March) 283w
Fourth (April) 266w
I was going to chalk it up to a bad day but I tested twice this week and got a similar result. Did a ramp test on Tuesday because I wanted to do the group workout with my buddy. Got 263. Did Taku yesterday, then rested and fueled before hitting the 20 min test this morning and got 266. Was holding well for a slight increase but my legs gave out 13 min in. Easily pedaled for a min then ramped back up to a tempo ish zone for the remainder of the test just to finish it.
Sleep and food have been consistent and I’ve been feeling great all thru the plan(s) since January. Only missed 2 workouts in 16 weeks, and no failed workouts. Could I be fatigued but not necessarily feeling it or showing symptoms? Am I simply not recovered enough from the build phase? Any guidance would be appreciated!