My buddy and I who are both TR users and pod listeners were discussing FTP recently. I’ve heard you discuss the topic in your pods about various efforts and training for those and it made me wonder if a more complete picture isn’t possible through a more variable dynamic testing regime rather than solely the ramp test.
Recently on another thread on the forum, someone was complaining that the ramp test is very VO2 max driven where traditional 20 min is more about sustained effort and they were better suited to it. It made me think of the problems I’ve had with the FTPx% model sometimes. I find that I can easily complete the sprints suggested by my FTPx% formula and often turn up the intensity. On the other hand, Mary Austin and sustained power is an absolute bear and I often cannot complete those, though they are driven by the same FTP*x% formula. It made me think that these are at least three separate zones that could all shape a more complete picture of an athlete and a more tailored training regiment.
Getting an idea of peak 15-30s power, 1 min power, and 8 or 20 min power and then crafting the each session with those numbers. Then if I wanted to focus on TT and Sustained power they would be more built around my 8-20 min power and work from that point without manual intervention on my part. The following year or later that season if I wanted to work on CX, the peaks would be more accurate for sprint starts and I wouldn’t have to manually tailor the intensity. Ultimately, instead of the formula being FTPx% in any workout, it would be: FTPvo2x% + FTPsprintx% + FTPsustx% - and all three variables would be used based on the target zones in any one workout.
I hope I’m explaining that clearly, just crafting the formula for the workouts based on several numbers rather than the single FTP. It would also allow for the conversations “sure your Threshold is 275, but my Peak power is 1000” adding countless hours of TR back and forth to my conversations.
I am a relatively new user. So, maybe I’m ill informed, but I just think that I’m cheating myself on both ends with the FTP as is, I’m failing some sustained stuff and the sprints are too easy.
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