So today I did my first Ramp Test (I did the light ramp test), but I’m not sure if I did it exactly right (?)
During the test, I was often about 10-20 watts lower than the average I was supposed to be hitting. Sometimes a message on the screen would tell me to “use more power”, but - how do you use more power? I was in some cases already peddling quite fast (90 RPM).
Maybe related to the above question - I wasn’t sure what to do in terms of changing gears (or not changing gears). In the end, I don’t think it mattered as I was in my easiest gears if I recal so couldn’t make it easier anyway. But I’m not sure if I was supposed to just leave my gears completely alone after the warm-up (and if I wasn’t supposed to touch them, then what gear I should have left the bike in once the ERG started). Maybe in ERG it doesn’t matter at all what gears my bike is in? I don’t know.
Lastly, is this how it’s supposed to happen… at one point it suddenly got MUCH harder than the minute before, like I couldn’t even push on my pedals any harder to turn them anymore. This was at step 8 (don’t laugh ) It’s just that it was a much more noticeable jump in resistance from 7 to 8 than from the minute increments prior. Obviously, I had to let the test end there.
Does the “Trainer Difficulty” setting play into the FTP or Ramp tests at all? I had mine set to around 35% or so, I did plan on upping that to 50% going forward in general but I forget to do that before I started the ramp test.