Last night I tested my 2 hour power. It’s about 88% of my FTP. I did not want to do it but had already told people I was going to set a new 2 hour power record…so…yuck…I went ahead and did it.
So spill the beans, everybody, go to your personal records and calculate what your all time 2 hour power as a percent of your FTP is. Report it. Then, if it makes you comfortable, make an excuse about it. That’s part of the fun, too.
In a few weeks, I’m gonna set a 10 hour power record. There. I said it. Now I’m committed.
Strangely enough I also recently set a new 2 hour power PR - it’s about 87% of FTP, going by WKO’s mftp which seems close.
This dovetails nicely with the sweetspot progression questions that have come up - if I can do 1x90 minutes at 90% FTP, are the shorter sweetspot workouts really challenging me?? Not sure what to do with this.
For me, yeah. But my strength is riding around threshold/long TTE. Pretty sure my 2hr power would be in the 90s fairly easily, and I could hold 85% for well over 2hrs. Will test this spring as I prepare for a 4hr race that may end up DIY.
2hr 90% of FTP Test ~48 minutes for me (January this year.)
Wasn’t a focused 2 hour attempt though but close. Might have been able to do 91% (roughly where all my long SST were being done at the time) on an actual 2hr attempt that I paced well.
My first “Hour of Power” ride from April 2017, and my second season of doing sweet spot progression. Having established a new FTP three weeks prior on the 10 mile TT, I wanted to do a long test based on some GCN video about doing hour of power workouts. Ended the hour at FTP+5W on NP and FTP-4W on Average Power, so great confirmation of my new FTP.
Felt good that Sunday evening and kept pushing the pedals, wasn’t trying for a 2 hour record. Instead that is a 40.2 mile loop that I train on, and vaguely remembering I wanted my first 20mph average. Moving time and other metrics from our pancake flat terrain:
2:00:35 moving time (2:02:18 elapsed)
400 ft ‘climbing’
Likely my longest solo 20+mph ride on pancake flat terrain.
2:00 average power is 87% of FTP but that was done in a race, so wasn’t exactly a straight effort - the NP for 2:00 was 92.4% of FTP
Boy that was a good race - 5 man breakaway that was me, a teammate, and 3 others - dropped two of the others and the last guy flatted - so ended with 45 minutes of me and a teammate time trialing for 1st and 2nd
Not too often you can truly empty yourself in a race without saving anything for the finish