This really SHOULD have been obvious from the get go…
Since I started trainerroad last year, I’ve treated the FTP test like an event…a race. Super fresh, rested, high carb breakfast 2-3 hours before ramp test. Big hit of sugar right before.
The last one, after my second go at SSB1, leading into SSB2, I took a more practical approach, IE, treated it how most of my workouts go. Get up, have a couple quick pieces of toast with a big glob of orange marmalade, down a cup of coffee while reading the paper for 15 minutes in my bibs, and get on the bike.
So, the bad news - FTP went DOWN 15 watts after completing SSB1. Now, to be fair, I replaced an awful lot of the trainer workouts with outdoor rides, as the plan started right when the weather turned.
The good news - this is SOOOOOO much more enjoyable Used to be every workout was a constant struggle from minute one to complete. The harder workouts, I would just be utterly destroyed, IF I was able to hold on to the end, and even if I did…the last couple intervals were usually pretty ugly in terms of cadance, form, power, backpedals, etc. Now, every workout is hard. Some REALLY hard, but I’m not wondering halfway through the first interval if I have any chance of actually completing the workout. Weekday workouts are the coffee and toast ones. Weekend tough workouts get the raceday treatment…full breakfast hours beforehand, dextrose mixed in with the sports drink make mary austin, palisade, or leconte very difficult rather than inspire fear and soiled underwear the day beforehand.
Anywho, just my 2 cents on something I should have figured out the better part of a year ago