So for the last few ramp tests I have underperformed on what I felt should have been achievable. I was performing my workouts at 235 watts and have dropped to 222 after this last ramp test. I weigh around 68 kilograms. I have nailed all but one workout last training block (sweet spot base 1) and felt pretty good doing them (relatively). The last ramp test I performed last go around yielded similar, yet worse results. I went from a 240 watt FTP to 215 (still had pretty successful workouts before that catastrophic drop as well). Afterwards I just bumped my FTP up incrementally after a workout until they felt difficult again.
I do feel that my life has been more or less consistent with stress. Sleep has been a struggle as I have a 2 month old, however it has been consistent (albeit consistently low). Diet has also been consistent.
I went into the test with a fairly positive attitude and my legs felt like within 20 seconds went from “okay” to 40 rpms, then to failure.
My question is with the information that I currently have should I continue with my old 235 FTP and chalk this test up to some unknown externality…or accept my fate with a lowered FTP despite really nailing all my workouts and power targets prior to the test?
If I should disregard the test, what do you think is causing me to underperform during my ramp tests? I am really at a loss here.
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