Ever since the Ramp test was released I’ve begun to ponder on whether the 20min FTP and the Ramp test are perhaps suited to a particular rider style or physiology. Where Racers possibly more comfortable in a VO2 / Maximal effort state versus a TT or Triathlete more of a Steady state or 20min sustained effort, broadly speaking of course.
Some background, I completed the Ramp as a prefer not to suffer for a full hour. I made it to 422w with 406w being the last fully completed step. My new FTP is 306w @ 3.92w/kg.
Since the test I’ve enrolled in the Mid Intensity - Mid Volume Rolling Road Race Plan, and I’ve found this quite taxing and had to dial back intensity on a few intervals in order to complete. Which has made me introspect on possible influences; I’ve already discounted nutrition, sleep, recovery, ambient temperature as these are all quite controlled and monitored.
Is an athlete able to exceed expectation on an FTP which inadvertently posts a disproportionate training intensity (load) than is sustainable? Presumably not as the definition of an FTP to get your maximum sustainable power.
My physiology is more suited to Road Racing and sprint efforts, where FTP is a estimation of 60min maximal effort. I could never sustain 306w for 60min so 95% of my Lactate Threshold is unobtainable and therefore a false estimate? 90% or even possibly 85% may well be a more accurate calculation.
TT and Triathlete’s may find performing a 20/30 or 60min steady state therefore FTP is more accurate for these athletes vs a Crit or Road racer?
Do I personally require more rest than the programme provides?
Should my Plan be so tough that I should be at breaking point in the latter stages of the workout?
I guess an overarching principle of FTP test is that it serves as a base line metric from which to gauge a athletes current state of fitness and it is up to the athlete to monitor themselves and dial back where they’re struggling.
Tough to do when you’ve got a no quit attitude and dialing back is perceived weakness when you FTP test says you should be able to perform at the prescribed intensities.
I’d love to know your thoughts.