ZWIFT Ramp Test
In case you couldn't tell, I'm a bit frustrated that my watch won't figure out my FTP for me. So I thought I would give it another opportunity today by using ZWIFT's FTP Ramp Test. It's a pretty simple protocol - warm up for five minutes, then do one minute intervals starting at 100 watts that go up by 20 each round.
I've done this test before and that's where I got my 293 number from, which honestly seemed a little high. So I hopped back in the saddle today, this time letting ZWIFT do all the work and my watch in record mode, hoping it would just figure stuff out.
Well, I'm not sure if it's the fact that I got five hours of sleep last night, or that I ran a pretty hard 12+ mile workout yesterday, but I didn't fare so well in the ramp test today. I completed the 340 watt interval and then quit. When I did the test in March I completed the 380 watt interval. I also completed the 400 watt interval, but I wasn't able to actually maintain the 400 watts for more than about 20 seconds.
Not surprisingly, ZWIFT said my FTP dropped, from 293 back in March, to 253 today. Maybe I'll give the FTP tests a break for now. And even though the 253 is probably not an accurate representation of my FTP, I plugged that into Garmin Connect so that hopefully the next time I do the guided FTP test it gives me some zones that are a bit more realistic for me to complete.