I’ve been with TR since 2013 and have been pretty consistent over the years with some time off here and there with babies taking over my life. I’ve zwifted a bit but prefer staring at netflix than a virtual me. I’ve also enjoyed the SF over the years. Anyway - I’ve been having a lot of trouble this last year with FTP testing. My FTP just keeps dropping. It probably started when I got the kickr and ERG mode. I used to have the Lemond Revolution which I loved. Not blaming the Kickr or anything. Just thinking out loud.
Anyway, been on the adaptive plans and my FTP was set to 227 from a previous test. I finished up the last plan pretty well. It was a lot of VO2Max towards the end but I didn’t fail a workout. Last Thursday, I had another ramp test at the beginning of the new plan and I measured 217. I had felt pretty good before getting on the bike but at a certain point, I just blew up. No way I could get higher. Was pretty pissed off as I have watched my FTP drop from 250 in 2018 to 240 last year and it’s been scraping 220 a lot this last year.
My ramp tests usually end up with my cadence getting slower and slower until I blow up. I usually use the big ring for the tests to get more drivewheel speed, but can’t seem to keep on top of the cadence as the power builds.
Saturday, I decided to take another test and opted for the 8 minute test. This was 2 days later and I get a much better number of 232. That’s a difference of 15W. One thing I noticed was that in resistence mode if I eased off slightly now and again it didn’t eat me up and I could just keep going. Perhaps it feels more real. I know FTP is just a number at the end of the day, but it also dictates the training I get. I’m going to do the 8min test going forward I think and see where it gets me. I need to believe that this is the solution to my lack of progress recently.