Long time user, first time poster.
A lot of things happening here… but I wanted to hear your thoughts.
I started SSBMV1 in mid December with a ramp test and stood at the end giving me an FTP of 246. I tried that and ended up dropping down to 242 after a couple of workouts. I took an early down week for Christmas after two weeks of the program as I was travelling to see family.
In January I was travelling for work each week without a bike, but was able to make it work and the travel days ended up being my two recovery days (not idea, but I got through it). I did the final four weeks of the program in January and was feeling great!
I completed the six weeks and felt pretty confident that my numbers were right. The over unders and long SS rides were all tough but doable.
I then took a few easy days and decided to jump into SSMV2 with another ramp test instead of taking a down week, because I had the down week two weeks into the plan. This time I decided that I should stay seated the whole time. I ended up with an FTP of 221. A big drop from 242! I figured it was just due to the seated VS standing and decided to go along with it for a workout or two then bump it up as I saw fit.
Well thanks to all the travel the past month I got sick the day after the FTP test. I’m thinking that that also had something to do with the FTP drop.
I ended up taking a light week to get over this cold - it was below the neck so I wanted to play it safe, and my body needed some rest and recovery after a high stress January with lots of travel.
Ok so now do you think it’s best if I retest? I’ve still got somewhat of a cold, but I think I’m mostly over it at this point. I’m assuming I should do the test seated again. If I do the test seated and still get a lower FTP, should I complete the plan at that lower FTP even though I was able to do SSBMV1 at the higher FTP?