Hi! I’m new to TrainerRoad and just started cycling a few months ago. I just did my second Ramp test ever yesterday.
On my first test, I kept my cadence around 90, which eventually led to a “can’t pedal any longer” feeling until I finally fell into the ERG spiral of death. My legs were burning so much (and sore for a while) because of the effort at the end was mostly muscular, and I’m not very strong. My heart and breathing increased considerably, but that’s not what made me stop. I just couldn’t move my legs at the end.
On my second one, I decided to pedal faster and kept my cadence around 100. I got to failure because I was simply breathing too hard and my heart nearly hit my max (200) for the last couple of minutes. I noticed my legs were feeling fresh about half an hour after the test and, unlike the previous attempt, no soreness the day after. This time I failed because I simply couldn’t breath any faster for any longer, I guess?
I’m still learning about my ideal cadence and pedalling, so I’m confused on what I should aim for to make the test work best for me without cheating or not doing my best.