Having changed from the Powertap rear with the Ralatech cover to the new Power2Max Type S I needed to do a new FTP test. I had run the two power meters alongside each other and as expected the crank based meter read slightly higher and as I’ve been holding off doing a test until it was fitted it was time to do it.
You tend to forget how much they hurt. I’ve yet to ride the ‘new’ TT bike outside this year as things have conspired against me over the last couple of weeks so it was back to TrainerRoad for their 8 minute test. It’s the test I ‘ve consistently done since the beta version of TR as it’s the one that I think suits me the least and is likely to give me the most conservative FTP estimate. The test seems pretty legit as through last year it gave me a number that was pretty close to my average power in the 25 mile TT’s.
If that’s true again this year I’ll be going a good bit faster than the 57:21 I managed on the Bentley course last August.
To cut a long story short I ended up averaging 312 and 309 W for the two 8 minute efforts giving me an estimated FTP of 279 (which I’ve rounded down to 275 as I know how difficult taking too big an FTP ride in TR can be from bitter experience) 0r at 64kg it’s 4.36 w/kg.
I’ve been pretty fatigued over the last few days and wouldn’t have done the test apart from having to validate it and have a current figure for the new Power2Max so I’m confident of being able to squeeze a few more Watts out when slightly better rested so all is looking good from that point of view.
Hopefully I should get the chance on Sunday to see how the ‘new’ bike goes in the second round of the Portsdown Time Trial League with a 15 miler.
I say new as I’ve changed most of it. The frame is the same Focus frame and the components are still Campagnolo Chorus as they were all 11 speed bits anyway. I’ve changed the Mavic Powertap rear for a Citec disc and the front for the CXR 60, gone from 10 to 11 speed and have changed the cockpit from a Profile Design T2 Wing and T1 aerobars to a non branded Chinese carbon mold ‘pedestal’ type bars.
It’s looking like it will be cold so maybe not conducive to fast riding but hopefully I’ll see some good improvement as the season progresses from rider and bike.
I managed a swim this morning as well, alternating 400 pull with 8 x 50 hard for 2800m swum