I use TR as a tool to get generally fitter and faster on the bike. I have to say I’m confused about what my FTP should be. On one hand I trust TRs testing methods and recognise that they use algorithms to specify workouts based exclusively on my FTP. On the other hand, I like many others on the TR forum, do not fall within the norms the ramp test requires. This leaves me with a few options;
- Keep the FTP from the TR ramp test, and fail to finish all the workouts until I’m strong enough to complete them (hopefully changing my fatigue profile enough to make the ramp test more accurate in the process).
- Keep adjusting my FTP down by 1 point until I start completing workouts, then keep guesstimating it up or down as my fitness changes.
- Get my FTP from a different method, such as an 8 or 20 minute FTP workout, which may simply give me an arbitrary lower figure, because I may not be performing it correctly from the point of view of TR software.
None of these seem ideal as I’m assuming the TR software doesn’t want a guesstimated or arbitrary FTP, it wants one specifically from the ramp test.
My main predicament is either the ramp test is the best way of testing, and I should try adjusting the way I ride for more steady state long efforts, or it isn’t and I can keep doing shorter higher intensity rides, while searching for a customised FTP test to suit me. Any ideas?