Hey FasCat Coaches! Hope y’all had a good weekend. I was hoping for a strong test result on Saturday, but the results were underwhelming to say the least. The bad news is that after 13 weeks, I am not sure that I have observed a demonstrable increase in FTP (I know, it is only one measure, but it is hard to ignore provided the emphasis that is placed on it). Intellectually I am okay with the lack of improvement, but am concerned that I might be missing something. I did go ahead an repeat a previous ramp test just to compare (understanding that there are caveats to be considered when using the ramp test).
After our brief conversation in March, I left my FTP at 205 (I was coming off a nasty non-COVID-related virus). I did all of SS3 based on that FTP (205 W), and the workouts seemed okay (okay, the diabolical did not…it was tough). I looked back at the last three months of data and my highest 20 min wattage was 205. If we subtract the requisite 5% from that, we end up with an FTP of 195 W. My ramp test estimated an FTP of 197 W.
So, here’s the question for you: Do we readjust down from 205 W and go with the “test” results? Does that 10 W difference make a meaningful difference in training zones? And aside from better sleep, less stress, more yoga, and more winning in the kitchen, any other suggestions? It’s just a little disappointing to see no major improvement after 13 weeks.
PS: Can you please adjust the plan for tomorrow (5/5) to include something other than another FTP test?