Hi folks I’m sure this has been asked before but I’m curious about how much recovery is best to have before a ramp test, and if it’s a disaster to do it mid block if you’re feeling strong.
A little extra context for anyone interested-
I’m new to cycling and structured training. First ramp test FTP was at 222 and 72kg. I stuck with the full SSB LV1 block, but had added a lower intensity week in the middle because I didnt come into the block fresh. As well as the LV plan I usually do 2-3 outdoor rides per week at endurance and tempo. Had the prescribed Z2 week at the end and then retested for SSBLV2. Weirdly, despite feeling much stronger and massively improving my outside rides (speed and RPE) i tested about 10 watts lower (but 3kgs lighter). Pretty bummed… But I know FTP isnt everything.
Anyway, jumped back into SSB2 LV, after pushing it back so that I could do the festive500 outdoors. The last couple of workouts I’ve found myself pushing the intensity up towards the end. I’m wondering if I should try and retest so that I can be sure the VO2 and SS intervals in the block arent set too low, or if I should just trust the system and wait a few more weeks for the end of the block.