I just finished SSB1 low volume. I added 1 Pettit, 1VO2 max (or threshold), and 1 2+ hour ride per week in the tempo/SS range. I have noticed that the workouts have been much easier and increased the difficulty of most of my intervals ~ 10% the last 2 weeks before recovery. I know that my FTP has increased significantly over the starting point of 184.
That being said, would it be cheating to manually bump my FTP about 10% before doing a ramp test tomorrow to spend less time in the beginning of the ramp phase?
To me, it seems like it could be wasting energy in the early stages that I know will be more useful at the end of the ramp test. However I know that part of the ramp test is the incremental increases in power output. What are your thoughts?