Long story short:
Is it worth estimating and manually adjusting your FTP pre ramp test?
Long story long:
I took most of August and September off of the bike but continued to do some significant run training (my background is middle distance Track & Field) but was definitely WAY less active! In July (before my hiatus) my FTP was 295… when I got back on the bike and did my ramp test 6 weeks ago, in mid Oct, I was 248. I expect a pretty decent drop, so wasn’t super “down” about it! The last six weeks, as I found my cycling legs again, the gains have been epically fast! I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if I’m close to 300 again as I’ve been bumping up my workouts to ~110% intensity with relatively little discomfort. I’m not really all that interested in doing a ramp test that will be mind numbingly boring for the first 20 minutes and last close to a half an hour assuming I’m correct about my progress. I was thinking I might manually adjust my FTP to 290 immediately prior to the ramp test so as to be closer to my current estimated FTP and have a more typical 20 minute ramp.
What do my TR brethren think?!
Thanks, happy riding!