So a ramp test officially measures your maximum aerobic power (MAP) which is the highest one minute of power you put out before failure on the test. FTP is then calculated from this based on the fact that for the majority of people it comes out at 72-78% of MAP. This all makes sense. However…
What I want to know is what does the MAP actually tell me in itself? What can you infer from the MAP? My most recent MAP is 483w - does this mean I should be able to put out 483w for X number of minutes in a maximal effort? Does it represent a physiological level of work above which my body starts responding in a different way? etc. etc. I haven’t done any maximal 1, 3, 5, 8 min efforts to compare but in any case that’s probably just a personal comparison so I’m wondering if there are any general rules/ranges.
Please no answers along the lines of simply ‘it tells you the maximum power you can put out aerobically’ haha