The forum is full of people complaining about TR’s testing protocol, workout design, programming structure, but the moaning about “inaccuracy” of the ramp test is driving me nuts.
- We have got to admit that we are all precious little snowflakes and we all have a very differently shaped power curve. TR is trying to use a testing protocol that hits the widest part of a bell curve of power curve shapes. There isn’t a single test that is going to make everyone’s numbers perfect for every workout in every zone.
- There are other testing protocols even within TR for you to choose from! If the ramp test result doesn’t accurately reflect your abilities, use a 20 minute test!
- You’re good at what you do. For some people that means tons of Vo2 work and the ramp rest probably overstates their sustained power efforts. For people like me who have done tons of SS and super long Z2 rides, the ramp test understates what we can do for sustained efforts.
Get over it, people. I know that the ramp test is going to give me a laughably low FTP for anything from Z2 to threshold. So for me it is training experience and 20 minute tests to set the number. And even then, I might have to reduce the % for hard Vo2 sessions because I am bad at it and don’t have tons of experience there.
FTP is just an estimate of your fitness level, and everyone’s changes in different ways and responds to different types of training. Find a number that works for your workouts, adjust workouts if you need to, and go get faster.