I’ve finally come to do the Empirical Cycling FTP test and it turns out my actual FTP is only 90.5% of my 20min power. I definitely expected it to be lower than 95% but by that amount is still a surprise, I’m pretty sure some track racers have a better ratio than I do, despite identifying myself as a “puncher” and not a sprinter.
Considering my quite short TTE (41’) and this poor ratio, I figure doing an FTP block will be really useful.
However, going into uncharted territories, I’m worried to not see any improvements or very small ones.
People who have a similar experience, ie doing lots of VO2max workouts but never any long thresholds one, what were your results following an FTP block ?
I plan on doing 3x threshold workouts a week, slowly increasing time spent at FTP to push out my TTE.
I’m asking this because despite being emphasized by Empirical Cycling as a very effective way to raise FTP and extend TTE, there are few anecdotal evidences on various forums, probably because most people avoid threshold work in favor of Z5 work (thinking the “polarized” way should be like that).