I have another noob question.
I realized that I wasn’t using my home trainer properly (it’s a Tacx Blue Motion, a very dumb HT) with virtual power. I didn’t understand that I had to select the proper equipement in the settings. I just took the first one on the list (yeah, I know…). So when I took my ramp test, I was on 2 on my HT and was very happy when TR told me I had a 240 FTP.
Then I started wondering, 1 Month into my training, how VP worked and how it could tell whether I was on 2 or 5 or 10 on my Tacx. And then it hit me.
So I put the right data in TR (ie Tacx Blue MOtion level 2) and did the ramp test again. It was a very humbling experiment, as my FTP is now at 140 (I weigh 66 Kg).
I understand it doesn’t change much, as it’s all about relative power, and it doesn’t change the fact that I was training at 50, 70 or 115% FTP before and that improvements will come.
Anyway, here’s my question : I was wondering what the optimal way of training was ? On what setting should my HT be if I want it to feel as much as riding on a flat road as possible ? Is it better to raise the resistance on the HT, or to raise it with my gears ?Would it be easier to do 90 RPM with my 34 on my bike and at a 5 or 6 resistance on my Tacx, or 90 RPM with my 50 at 2 on the Tacx ? Is it all about which muscles are working, or is it the same FTP anyway, and resistance is resistance ?
Just curious !