I started on TrainerRoad almost 6 months ago with no previous training experience, also started cycling in July/2019.
My FTP on the first ramp test was 197, weight was 161 lbs so 2.70 W/kg.
The ramp test from last month (August 25th) estimated my FTP at 231 and my weight was 148 lbs (3.44 W/kg)
Yesterday I did the ramp test again and the result was 229 while my weight went up to 152 lbs (3.32 W/kg).
I’m 5’-10” and 43 years old. I am following the suggested low volume training plan on plan builder, did base, just finished build and am about to start the specialty (climbing). On average I do 2, sometimes 3 TR workouts and 1 longer outdoor ride per week. I did struggle with the workouts on the build phase after a FTP increase (215 to 231) with many incomplete or reduced intensity workouts during the last month.
I think I already know the answers for why my FTP did not improve this last month but was curious about other people’s experiences. In my case it’s probably not getting enough sleep (6 hours on average on weekdays). I could also improve my diet and cut down on sweets.