Not sure if a similar topic has been posted but found nothing specific to my question in the search…
My FTP is (est) at about 290w currently and have started ramping up longer outdoor group rides and solo interval rides. What i am quickly finding is it is a LOT holding power i would hold on the Wahoo outdoors, using HR as a proxy of perceived effort. For example:
Holding an hour at 230w INDOOR would be a decent effort, but not impossible to achieve, whereas the same outdoors would feel extremely hard (i have a pretty flat loop that is uninterrupted for about an hour).
My trainer rides ignore the wahoo PM and use my Assoma bePro pedals, so there would be no difference in measurement.
Ive always heard its EASIER to put power out on the road, but i am finding it to be the opposite. Anyone experience similar issues? Could it be a PM / calibration issue? I’ve had a pro bike fit in the past 2 years, so wouldn’t think that to be an issue.
Another example is I did a 2 hour group ride at 23mph this week. Made the break and settled into a 4 man pace line with hard pulls to the end. Avg power on the entire 3 hour ride was 189w. I get drafting would lower the total output but i was toast by the time i got home, and a mixed effort ride ending in 189w avg indoors wouldn’t put me into a coma afterward.
any suggestions/ input appreciated