Can anyone here recommend an FTP testing protocol? I am getting ready to perform my first test in a couple weeks.
According to Allen and Coggan in Training and Racing with a Power Meter, the testing protocol is as follows:
*warmup, w fast pedaling
*5min all-out effort, 100% FTP
*20min TT effort, taken as 105% of FTP
This is fine and dandy, but because I have never tested my FTP before, the 5-min all out effort will be a shot in the dark. Additionally, I am just getting back on the back after some time off due to injury, so my fitness is kind of in limbo right now.
Can anyone comment on the appropriateness of the above protocol for a beginner, or recommend an alternate one?