Short: First FTP test ... Failed
Long: Since it has been raining for a few days I decided to introduce my Powertap to Mr Kurt Kinetic. I dont really enjoy using trainer and used it about three times last winter nevertheless I decided to do my first official Threshold test.
Since the beginning I felt uncomfortable on my bike and it just felt weird. Not sure if it was the rain/humidity or the lack of a fan but I was sweating like a pig just warming up even though my garage doors were open. After about 20 min warmup I was about to do 5 min all out effort so I crank it up to about 500W and start hammering away. After about a minute I can see that my power is decreasing every second so I try harder to hold it around 400 but I wasnt able to do that. My heart rate went into the red zone and my legs were dying. After about 3 minutes my power was down to about 300W and I couldnt go any faster so I stopped.
After I caught my breath I was thinking that I probably over did it and shouldnt go so hard at the beginning but decided that I will continue with the test and do the 20 min TT effort. Since I was sweating like a pig I decided to go "slower" and try to hold it at 300W for those 20 minutes even though that I believe my FTP is about 330 and was able to do some 370W 20min NP efforts during the group ride this month.
Anyway, after about 5 minutes into my 20 min test at 300W I was not able to keep it there and start losing my power every second so I stopped again.
So my first attempt at FTP test failed and I feel like a loser. Now I officially hate riding on a trainer and I'm not sure what it will take to get me back to ride a trainer.
Any suggestions? What did I do wrong? Should I do it again or should I wait until January to be done with my base and attempt the FTP test outside? (That was my original plan) Should I also try my TT bike in stead of the road bike?