Recently I did an FTP test based on the Ramp Test protocol, where you start at a low wattage and then increase by 20W every minute until you blow up. You then take your peak 1 minute power and use 75% of that number as your FTP.
What does WKO4 think my FTP is?
In the snip above, mFTP is WKO4’s predicted FTP based on my last 90 days’ training and sFTP is my most recent Ramp Test result. Pretty darn close! In actual fact, I think this test is more accurate for me than the 20 minute test, which is significantly more psychologically painful for no other reason than to get a number to train off. It’s easier to game the 20 minute test too, and not everybody gets realistic numbers. The simplicity (and relative lack of suffering – only about 3-4 minutes’ worth) of the Ramp Test cuts through a lot of that, and it’s very difficult to game a 1 minute power peak.