I’m very new to TR and also to the Ramp Test. So far, I did all my training outdoors and therefore I also did my FTP tests outdoors (always the 20min test protocol). I use the same power meter outside as I now do inside despite having a smart trainer - I wanted to make sure the results and training are comparable.
My last outdoor 20 min FTP test was on August 3 (232 watts).
I have to say though, that I just finished an event past Saturday (over 9 hours, 160 miles, over night) but thought I had some decent recovery days following this event.
When I jumped on my bike this morning to give my very first TR ramp test a shot, I was very disappointed/surprised to see, that it predicts my FTP to be 211 Watts. Thats 21 Watts below my August 3 20min FTP test.
I’m now wondering a few things:
- I know I can put out decent power for longer distances but my peak power is rather low. In other words: I can maintain almost FTP (232 Watts) for 30 minutes, or more but I cannot maintain high wattages for shorter periods of time. Would that make the Ramp Test giving me a low number as it goes quite beyond my FTP?
- Was my recovery time not enough after my event last weekend?
- should I retake the test in 2 days or so?
- should I simply accept the results and go from there?