And the FTP Remains the Same
In January I did an FTP test in the basement. A strong playlist featuring the Violent Femmes, Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Dropkick Murphys and a heavy rotation of Social Distortion carried me through. I had a new threshold by something like eight percent. I also had trouble getting back up the stairs afterward.
Yesterday I rode an FTP test out at Hains Point. It was windy but the cool temperatures kept a lot of the normal riff raff away and the road was nearly clear.
The results were virtually the same. Normalized power was identical. The variability of the ride, VI, was identical and very close to a perfectly even time trial at 1.01. The cadence improved from an average of 87 to 93 and the average heartrate dropped by a single beat to 146. Not because I’m any stronger but due to dropping a few winter pounds, the measure of watts per kilogram improved from 3.37 to 3.47.
Today I had trouble the first time I took the stairs.