So I’m new to Zwift(using Wattbike Atom) and have been using it for a couple of months. Mainly I just pick a workout or a route and ride for general exercise. I decided I want to be more specific in my training and wanted to sign up to a plan, so I thought I would do an FTP test. After 40 minutes of the ramp warm up I finally got to the twenty minutes test. I was using ERG mode and that was fine for the ramp warm up, the resistance increased when required. When I got to the test portion though, I found there was little resistance on the bike and when I tried to increase my effort to up my power, i just ended up spiking power output for a second or two and my cadence would increasing but my power would drop back to 125-135 which is light effort.
I have FTP test on the wattbike app and it was more receptive to your effort i.e if you tried to go push hard it gave resistance
When riding on a route on Zwift I usually just increase the gears manually to manage my power/speed, but with the Zwift FTP I couldn’t up the gears. I tried turning off ERG mode during the test but I still couldn’t control the gears.
What I’m asking really is, am I doing something wrong? When I increase my effort I end up with high cadence but low power, and I know that’s not the point of the FTP. Any senior cycles that can
give me guidance?