I just got done my first successful FTP Test for the season, after a couple of failures due to technical difficulties. The result was a little surprising, but since it’s higher than last year I’ll take it: 282 Watts for the 20-min effort, giving an FTP of 268 Watts.
Now that I’ve had my power meter for a few years I have some data to compare, which I just did, and was pleasantly surprised yet again:
Max Power (20 min)
- Dec 2013: 236
- Mar 2014: 256
- Jan 2015: 263
- Mar 2015: 272
- Jan 2016: 282
This works out to around an increase of 20 Watts a year, so I figure I’ll be ready to take on Thibault Pinault on Alpe d’Huez by the time I’m 60.
If you’d like to try one of these awful tests yourself here’s a helpful little video from GCN.