I just completed my first Ramp test after using either an hour FTP test or a 20 minute FTP test. I had 2 days rest and 1 easy spin before the test. Prior to the test I completed sweet spot base 1 and 2 high volume plans, and didn’t have trouble with either plans workouts. Sure there were some tough days or weeks but I got through them with the targeted power.
My FTP went from 253 to 270 between the two tests in the base phase. Now, after the Ramp test my FTP dropped to 261. I don’t think I’m sore or tired, and all variables are controlled like the previous tests. I don’t want to keep thinking of excuses but would like some imput on a topic that probably been beat to death.
I’ve listened to the podcasts dealing with FTP testing and tried reading as much as I can but just would like to hear some thoughts from other that may have experience the same thing as me and maybe went into the build phase with a lower FTP and came out stronger.
I have years of sweet spot/tempo work, and consider my strength to lie in that zone. I hardly ever do work above threshold, and haven’t done any during the base phase. Was this part of the reason my ftp may have decreased with the ramp test as it involves riding at VO2?
I know I can do some 20 min intervals at my previous FTP and if I can get through them, then I should just use that number as my ftp.
On the other hand, maybe going into the build phase with a lower ftp will benefit me as I will be doing more VO2 workouts especially if I choose a mid volume plan. Thanks for any advice you can offer.