Well, I did the FTP test today. I’ll admit I was a little disappointed, but that was mostly because I assumed that the running average that Zwift was giving me during the 20 minute test segment was going to be my new FTP, but it turned out to be 10 points lower than that. If I had known that, I maybe could have squeezed out a little more effort…though probably not much if I’m honest with myself.
When I first started this plan, I was pretty new to Zwift and using a smart trainer. Heck, I was pretty new to cycling since I only started late this past summer. As a result, I don’t think I had used Zwift enough yet for my FTP score to settle into what it actually was. I say that because when I started it was at 154, but then a week or two into the plan I did an extra (outside of the training plan) ride on the Road to Sky route and when I finished that Zwift told me that my FTP was now 181!
As for today’s test, I started out with the goal of holding my wattage at 200W. I couldn’t quite maintain that, but for most of the test segment it wavered between 190W and 200W. I even had enough left to push hard for the last minute. That final push managed to raise my running average from 193W up to 194W. As I said, I assumed that average would be the new FTP, so as I realized that holding 200W might be too hard, I settled in where I was at thinking that 193W would still be a respectable gain. Alas, my final FTP score was 184.
That’s still a 3 point gain over the “corrected” FTP I gained a couple weeks in, and a whopping 30 points higher than what it was when I first started! But that initial score was lower than it should be, I’m sure. At any rate, I feel the plan worked me pretty hard and that I gained some fitness from it. Also, it gave me something to focus on rather than just pedaling and staring at a movie. We’ll see if I notice much difference when I get the bike back outside!