Is there a way to go back and figure out what the ramp test suggested ftp would have been. I tested several times and ignored the recommended lower ftp. After listening to the recent podcast I would like to go back and enter the real suggested ftp into the ftp history to have a more accurate measure of my performance peaks and valleys throughout the year(s).
The ramp test FTP is just 75% of the last minute’s power…
Go to your ramp test session, scroll down to find the power curve, and calculate 75% of the 1-minute power on that curve. (TR uses 75% of your best 1-minute average, assuming you held the power targets. It’s not necessarily the last minute, which is why you want to use the power curve.)
*Highest one-minute power. May or may not be the final minute.
I’m being thick here: how could the highest one-minute power be anything other than the last minute on a ramp test?
It’s the last 60s before failure, not the last ramp value. Of note, there’s some special sauce applied to the formula if you did a big anaerobic sprint before bailing.
It’s possible that someone could start to slip in the final moments before fully popping, and that could lead to the best 1m being a bit earlier than an effort below the power target for the current step. More likely to happen in Res mode, but could happen in ERG too.
Here’s a good example of what @mcneese.chad is talking about. I didn’t get a good recovery week and bombed this ramp test. I quit, then tried to start again after a short break, then finally “popped” for good. I did not keep the FTP, but it would have been 375 * 0.75 = 281.
Ah, okay, that makes sense. I do my tests in erg mode and when I stop, it’s pretty much over immediately.
I underestimated the indomitability of the human spirit.