I did the 'sufferfest' rubber glove test today and calculated my FTP at 157. I've no idea if this is any good? I'm 41. If anyone can help explain what's what with this it would be very much appreciated. Thanks
no idea how good it is - but i'm sure you will improve on it regardless!
i think the comparative measure isn't so much age but weight, to determine a watts/kg figure.
i don't train with power, but i'm sure others on here do.
Thanks guys for your feedback, i'll try the FAQ and see where that takes me. im 82kg if that makes any odds.
Jamesly - did you feel like you wanted to be physically sick and/or pass out at the end of the test?
Is your power measurement accurate?
This is where I think I didn't do a proper LT test, I wasn't ready to fall off the bike but I think if I had gone any harder/earlier I would have failed to hit the 20min distance without dropping pace massively.
Yea - to give you the generally idea, if you can read the numbers on screen/do anything other than gasp in oxygen, keep pedalling for dear life and beg for it to be over in the final 3 minutes you didn't work hard enough.
As you say it is a long interval and pacing it is difficult - the first time I did one I blew up big time through circa 14 minutes, next time out I left way too much in the tank, the key thing is that this is meant to be a maximal effort and, in the final 2 to 3 minutes you should be trying to "go flat out" and if this shows much difference to your power in that window then you've got wrong.
i'll do the text in a few weeks time and this time, know how hard and when to push. thanks for everyones comments
As Harry D says;
Your FTP is a baseline for you to train to in future Sufferfest/TrainerRoad sessions. The next time you undertake the test, if your FTP changes you will have the option of amending it if you wish.