trailgumby wrote:MichaelB wrote:Seeing some good discussion and looking fwd to getting my 'dose' of the power drug (as Alex put it), but have to wait a bit for it to come into stock.
Doing plenty of reading in the meantime and using HR as a guide, and doing 'practice' 30 min efforts for when the 1st FTP test is ready to be done. There is a good climb in Adelaide for this - Greenhill Rd which is 7.3km (AT) 6.6%. Did a PB there the other day at 31:31 (avg. HR was 172bpm, so was giving it a bit of wellie ).
Fingers crossed that it comes soon
I've been reading Allen and Coggan's book - they have a slightly different approach to doing the FTP test. I don't think it's going to be any less uncomfortable though I'll probably give it a crack on the weekend after next to set a baseline. Next week is a recovery week.
Just for reference, the test suggested in the book (i.e. the 5-min pre-test blowout effort followed by a 20-min max effort and multiplying the 20-min power by 95%) is a protocol suggested by Hunter Allen. It's not one of Andy Coggan's preferred methods, which are affectionately known as the "Seven Deadly Sins".
Now days with enough hard riding over durations up to an hour or so, the power duration model in WKO4 does a reasonable job of providing an estimate of FTP.
There are numerous options for deriving an FTP estimate and over time it can help to settle onto a method that suit the individual best but more importantly is working through what it is you actually need to know/track and what you are going to do with it.