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2014-04-29 3:55 PM

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Subject: First ride with TrainerRoad fail!
I signed up for TR last night & did my first ride today. The setup was very easy. I don't have a power meter, but I do have a cadence/speed sensor on my bike. I got on the trainer at 5AM & the first suggested workout was the 8 minute FTP test. I cranked it out & felt the burn. My legs are still aching.

But after the test, I noticed it recorded my HR & cadence, but all other numbers were zero & my FTP was not adjusted. Turns out I didn't configure the VirtualPower correctly & it was not picking up my speed the whole workout (totally my fault for not going through the whole setup carefully). The solution? I have to repeat the 8 minute FTP test!

Toys & technology are great, but when user error screws them up, it sucks.


2014-04-29 4:00 PM
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Subject: RE: First ride with TrainerRoad fail!
Originally posted by Meathead

I signed up for TR last night & did my first ride today. The setup was very easy. I don't have a power meter, but I do have a cadence/speed sensor on my bike. I got on the trainer at 5AM & the first suggested workout was the 8 minute FTP test. I cranked it out & felt the burn. My legs are still aching.

But after the test, I noticed it recorded my HR & cadence, but all other numbers were zero & my FTP was not adjusted. Turns out I didn't configure the VirtualPower correctly & it was not picking up my speed the whole workout (totally my fault for not going through the whole setup carefully). The solution? I have to repeat the 8 minute FTP test!

Toys & technology are great, but when user error screws them up, it sucks.


But think about all that fitness you gained by doing the 8 minute test and how much more you'll have after the 2nd one! To switch things up, maybe you should do the 20 minute fitness test. A new kind of suffering.
2014-04-29 4:15 PM
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Subject: RE: First ride with TrainerRoad fail!
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But think about all that fitness you gained by doing the 8 minute test and how much more you'll have after the 2nd one! To switch things up, maybe you should do the 20 minute fitness test. A new kind of suffering.


I'm new to cycling, so when I saw "8 minute test" I was like, hell, I can do 8 minutes. Then I opened it up & saw it was an hour. I thought to myself WTF!

After the 8 minute test, I can only imagine the sad state my quads would be in today if I did the 20 minute test!
2014-04-29 5:07 PM
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Subject: RE: First ride with TrainerRoad fail!
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Originally posted by dprocket
But think about all that fitness you gained by doing the 8 minute test and how much more you'll have after the 2nd one! To switch things up, maybe you should do the 20 minute fitness test. A new kind of suffering.


I'm new to cycling, so when I saw "8 minute test" I was like, hell, I can do 8 minutes. Then I opened it up & saw it was an hour. I thought to myself WTF!

After the 8 minute test, I can only imagine the sad state my quads would be in today if I did the 20 minute test!


I remember thinking the same thing. Actually, those two tests are about the same. If anything, the 8 minute test may be a bit harder as it requires two separate hard efforts. The 20 minute test requires some pacing because everyone almost always goes out too hard. Either way, it's intended to test your threshold limits, and its going to hurt!
2014-04-29 6:56 PM
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Subject: RE: First ride with TrainerRoad fail!

Originally posted by Meathead I signed up for TR last night & did my first ride today. The setup was very easy. I don't have a power meter, but I do have a cadence/speed sensor on my bike. I got on the trainer at 5AM & the first suggested workout was the 8 minute FTP test. I cranked it out & felt the burn. My legs are still aching. But after the test, I noticed it recorded my HR & cadence, but all other numbers were zero & my FTP was not adjusted. Turns out I didn't configure the VirtualPower correctly & it was not picking up my speed the whole workout (totally my fault for not going through the whole setup carefully). The solution? I have to repeat the 8 minute FTP test! Toys & technology are great, but when user error screws them up, it sucks.
Your screen name fits!!!

My testing involves 5' test and a 20' test for calculating Critical Power.  No one likes testing...

2014-04-30 7:17 AM
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Subject: RE: First ride with TrainerRoad fail!
FTP tests are difficult. I'm not a huge fan of the 8 minute test. I guess I'm just used to the 20 minute tests.

They are both hard.

Take a few days and repeat. Maybe do another ride to make sure the equipment is set up right.


2014-04-30 7:34 AM
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Subject: RE: First ride with TrainerRoad fail!
Looks like I am all set up correctly. After playing with a few things last night, I started getting speed readings on TR & the dashboard is all lit up with cool data that I thought you only saw if you had a power meter. I also have my old Garmin FR410 on the bike as a bike computer & the numbers line up perfectly between the watch & TR. So it looks like I am calibrated correctly & good to go. While I was on the bike getting it set up, I realized how much my posterior still hurts from the test yesterday (remember, I am a complete novice on the bike), so I will probably do a light ride tomorrow & Saturday & retry the test next Tuesday.

@Donto...you aren't the first one to say that about me & my screen name! The more you see me around the forum, the more you will realize the high level of truth behind your statement!
2014-04-30 7:54 AM
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Subject: RE: First ride with TrainerRoad fail!

Since you're so new, get in a few rides first. Include some harder ones that will help you learn pacing for the tests. For the test interval (and many intervals in general) you'll want it to be flat (or just a slight ramp up) for the highest average you can get. The 8 minute tests may sound more appealing, but the 20 minute test should give you a better number to work with. All tests should sound quite hard as they're supposed to be all-in efforts.

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