Where are the FTP segments


(deborah nixon) #1

 I got my FTP average which seems very low because on the same length of ride today my Watts were much higher and never got as low as the FTP average.  The FTP average must include the warm up and cool down so that isn’t really representative.

 

So it’s not really helpful. What I’d like to see is how my FTP score fared during the 20 minute FTP part and what my variance was.  Or if anything, at least the FTP average during that particular segment.  Is that not available?


(Kit Mitchell) #2

I just noticed this post now and saw nobody has replied yet. I will attempt to but, please bear in mind, I’m no expert and what I write shouldn’t be taken as 100% accurate.

To the best of my knowledge, FTP is based upon the maximum Wattage you can maintain for an hour. Therefore, using the twenty minute test, it’s going to be a bit lower than your average over that twenty minutes. 

It shouldn’t take your warmup and cooldown into account but should be based on the actual twenty minute test. From memory I ‘think’ FTP is generally calculated at about 95% of one’s average Wattage over a twenty minute period. Say, for example, you hold 200 Watts for twenty minutes (I used that number simply because it’s easy to work out an answer). 95% of 200 is 190 so your FTP would be 190 Watts. 

As I say, that’s my understanding and I may not be completely correct. 

Did you upload your FTP test to anything like Training Peaks, Garmin Connect etc?

If you have, you should be able to go back to look at it and see what your highest average Wattage was over a twenty minute period during the test.

If you haven’t, you can still download it from your Zwift history and upload that file to Training Peaks etc. to look at the data. 

Sorry I can’t help more but hopefully that’s a start. 


(deborah nixon) #3

Thanks Kim. I don’t use any of those programs but perhaps I should. The reason I question my 20 minute FTP is because I was watching the wattage and  it never went as low as my final FTP score said it did.  So that is why I thought it included the warm up.  It has since gone up considerably- in the last 2 weeks. Zwift auto increases it. So it’s still a puzzle. Thank you for replying.  


(Kit Mitchell) #4

I only use the free subscriptions to any of the software I mentioned. You can sign up for a free account, give it a go and, if you don’t like it, cancel. 

Training Peaks is pretty good for putting together custom workouts. 


(Cary Sporinsky TeamZF ZHR(F)) #5

FTP is your 20 minute average x .95. It auto updates any time you have a faster twenty minute average. Simple as that.