So today I had to face the Ramp Test for the second time while using TR.
I started a mid-volume half-distance triathlon plan on October 30th, at that point clocking my FTP at 279. I’ve been following the training plan almost to a t, only missing a few workouts because of some physical problems. All cycling workouts on TR, as well as the brick (bike-run) workouts have been smooth for me. (Sure enough VO2 max. workouts like Baird were tricky.)
After completing Base 1, Build is kicking off today with a Ramp Test.
Unfortunately, my attempt totally sucked. I wasn’t strong and finished on an FTP of… 256. I got upset but had to recover quickly because of a work call.
I then decided to go at it again. I wasn’t ready to accept an FTP decrease of 23 Watts after putting so much hard work and dedication into the training plan.
I did the Ramp Test again, telling myself that ‘‘Sure, it’s only a number reflecting your current physique’’, even willing to accept that if a similar result came out, I would set my FTP lower. Also telling myself that it’s not smart to attempt again, given the fact that I did put in work in the first attempt - despite it failing.
I finished with an estimated FTP of 296.