I just signed up with TR yesterday and did my first FTP test ever. It was the suggested ramp test. I kept the KICKR in ERG mode as the software suggested. Couple things happened towards the end:
When I hit about 350w inn the test the resistance seemed like it was just too damn hard. I still had some energy in my legs and could have spun at a higher cadence to hit the power target I believe, but the resistance was so hard it was just like i couldn’t move the pedals without standing up - which the instructions say not to do.
When I stopped I tried to click accept results but I must have missed because it just started the test again. I didn’t notice for about 20 seconds and then started pedaling. Hit the power target, and it went up to 360w which I also hit. At this point the resistance was lower than when I stopped so I was able to spin faster at do the minute at 360. It then popped up over 370 and I gave up. So I got a 260w FTP which is pretty close but slightly underneath my estimate of where I am at.
When I read online everyone seems to concur that I should stay in ERG mode. I’ve only ever used Zwift before and have never done an FTP test on it. Only just the virtual riding.
Is the behavior I describe above normal? Are there any suggestions on how to not have it raise the resistance so hard so I can keep my cadence higher? Or do I just need to switch to resistance mode?
I signed up for a training plan after the test yesterday and it has me repeating the ramp test again today so wanted to see if I could figure this out. Thanks.