Hi everyone, I have been Zwifting for about a month and this is my first post on the forum. Health and happiness to everyone.
I did an FTP test a month ago, start of November. Been a cyclist for about 25 years. But first time I have ever done indoor cycling training after I got my Wahoo Kickr. I love it with Zwift. I had a reasonable amount of base fitness and I did the FTP test - ramp test; first thing I ever did on Zwift. 285 Watts. Cool.
Been Zwifting five times per week and making solid progress on all hills/sprints etc. Cool. Gosh it can be hard!
Today I did another FTP test after a month of solid progress that I have really enjoyed, especially in the dark, cold, windy UK when otherwise there’d be no opportunity for cycling.
ERG mode on. Ramp test as before. Innsbruck. I could not do 50W on the course since I could not peddle at the cadence required to do 50W. Even at 50W it was saying “more power”. All the way up to 240W I was peddling at an insane cadence to try and match the power that was being asked for. I was in my big ring and smallest sprocket on the back. 130rpm. And after all that peddling my FTP had gone down to 190! This is nuts and not right. I can hold 270-300 for almost any course with ease. Immediatly after the FTP test I did the Royal Pump Harrogate course and Zwift corrected my FTP to 250Watts.
Any thoughts what I am doing wrong please on the FTP test?
Happy holidays, Steve