I couldn’t easily find this answer anywhere in the forum so I thought I would make a new post (sorry if this has already been covered).
I recently did a ramp test (Thursday) and utterly blew apart, getting an FTP not quite where I wanted it to be but decided to stick with that number (210 W) because it’s still early in the year and I figure I will eventually get back to my previous seasons FTP (256 W) with a little bit of work.
However, I recently (Saturday) did a short race (35 mins) which was pretty “hot” from start to finish and included at least one long’ish hill climb (8.5 mins). According to these results my average power for 20 mins was 254 W which would put me at 241 W for my FTP (a 31 W difference…)
My question is should I use this number since I was going all out (average HR was 182, max is 196 bpm), or should I consider this a “one off” since I was in a different mind space and revert to the ramp test number/redo my FTP test and maybe go with an 8 or 20 min test?
Or, more simply put, are FTP’s from race results valid?