What are your thoughts for taper week instead of rest week for FTP testbefore Beginning of new plan?
A couple clarifications. The final week of a block is an “active recovery” week, not a rest week And, you aren’t doing it to “rest” for the FTP test. Whether you test or not is irrelevant and you don’t need to be fully recovered to do a ramp test. I think people generally agree that you should do what you like during that week. I personally feel like you should reduce your TSS whether you follow the plan or not, but some keep on trucking. I’m not sure what you mean exactly by a tapering week, but I would imagine it would be fine, but the FTP isn’t something you need to taper for.
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All that is to say, it might not be needed or useful. They say not to “game” the test.
In any event, they recommend consistency, just like their stance on if you choose to add a warm up prior to the Ramp.
I had some related thoughts.
My thoughts are: No.
You want to test in such a way that you’ll be able to do the work associated with that FTP. If you taper, then by the third week of your plan you’re dialing down every workout by 5%, the point of testing is missed.
You probably shouldn’t do anything different going into an FTP test than you would going into a normal difficult workout.
In terms of outcomes (training zones), i’d much prefer to do the test a little tired rather than a little too fresh. Adjusting the intensity up hurts less
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