My second kickr crapped the bed right before my taper week from SSB2 mid volume. By the time my new unit arrives I will have missed about a week and half of workouts. Should I do anything differently before my ramp test for short power mid volume or just take the test as soon as I can?
After being off the bike for a 10ish days your legs will likely be a little flat.
During those 10 days, if spinning outside is a a possibility, then I would try to fit a couple rides in whenever possible to keep your legs moving. then, you’ll just take the Ramp test as soon as you can.
If that is not a possibility, then a ride like Truuli the day before the Ramp Test can serve to “wake your legs back up” and get you in the mode to dig deep .
I recently returned from a vacation with 9 days off the bike. Went straight into a ramp test and was an alarming 15w down on what I expected. I used Truuli and Carson -3 along with my low intensity commutes to ease my body back into riding before attempting a retest 4 days later. That seemed to work for me.
I’d suggest at least one ride before testing if you’ve had a decent stretch of time off the bike. I have no scientific evidence to back this up, but I often find the first hour or so on the bike really hard work, even with just 5days off.
Once I’ve got an hour in the bag and a couple short efforts opening up the legs, the next day I’m good to go again.
If it’s much longer than a week off, I will be noticeably slower and normally it takes a shift to get my self back to where I was.
The idea of a FTP test straight after time away from the bike seems like a strange one, why do you need to test? As @Bryce suggests, get something in to open the legs up first otherwise the test will provide a false result which will be too low within a couple weeks.
I’m testing because I’m coming off SSBII mid volume and moving into short power build
when coming off of a layoff like that I’ve found it’s still best (for me) to do a couple of easy workouts before doing something a little bit harder, for about a week until I can try to go back to normal. Last time I did this though I went back to using the same FTP setting, not increasing it. I would get a good 3-4 rides in your legs before attempting a ramp as it won’t be accurate right off the bat. Worst case, start short power after the 1 week and see how it goes (without upping FTP). If it is too easy, you’ve just done a good primer to retest in a day or two.