I’m doing the Tour d Zwift stage one tomorrow, racing in the C pack. It’s a short 16km, this is my first Zwift “race” and I’m much more an endurance rider than short power guy. It’s been a while since I’ve tested, would the ramp test make an okay opener tomorrow morning, then racing at 3pm? I’m thinking maybe that’s a bit too much stress the same day as the race, albeit a short one. Anything you would recommend instead?
Yes, I think Pete uses it with a pedal up to Threshold and then quits.
Doing a full ramp test the same day of a race is probably doing more harm than good. Remember that you are going to an absolute failure point. That said, I would not not hesitate to do a full ramp test the day of a zwift race or any other event that isn’t an a or b race. Or cut it short as mentioned above if you don’t really care about the ramp test results.
Agreed, if you’re doing it as just an opener and not to test your FTP then I would take it to threshold or maybe a step or two above and then end it.
I think Jonathan (or was it Pete?) even mentioned adding 1 or 2 short sprints after a short recovery from the Threshold step.