Some advice please! I’m think my new FTP figure might be unrealistically high…
I just tested at 300w on the ramp test after SSBILV (I’m 73kg for reference). I also ride 10 miles commute most days.
I was training at 265w (from December 2018 ramp test). The December test was following 3 months completely off the bike due to a broken collar bone.
My highest previous FTP was 275w back in February 2018 (8 min test). Between February/Mach and September I only trained outside, riding and racing at my local velodrome. I was fairly competitive for my category, and came 2nd overall in the local league (I was in the equivalent of UK Cat3/4 - so the lowest). I didn’t do an FTP test at all during this time, but my fitness definitely improved over the season and I was the fastest I’ve ever been in September.
Is it possible that I was hitting over 300w in September, and I’ve just bounced back following the 3 months of detraining?
The other possibility is my trainer. It’s an Elite Muin Turbo II which is known for losing accuracy at higher watts. I have tried to calibrated it based on the torque setting of the belt but never compared to another PM. I don’t really have access to a PM to do this.
Should I try my next workout at this new FTP or set to (what I think) is a more realistic of 280ish