WHAT IS POWER?
When riding a bike, we express power as ”Force (f) x Velocity (v)”. Force is what you put into the pedals when riding and velocity is how fast you are turning the pedals (RPM). These two factors are the most important values that you need to know about when training with a powermeter!
FUNCTIONAL THRESHOLD POWER (FTP)
FTP is developed by Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan and is defined as:
"Functional Threshold Power" (FTP) is the highest power that a rider can maintain in a quasi-steady state for approximately one hour without fatiguing. When power exceed FTP, fatique will occur much sooner, whereas power just below FTP can be maintained considerably longer”
HOW DOES IT WORK?
HOW TO FIND FTP
Despite the fact that the definition of FTP is "the level you can maintain for 60 minutes", then it is unfortunately often seen misconception that it would be the only way to find FTP. In practice it may be difficult to carry out a test of one hour and otherwise hit the right level for the first time. Therefore we give you several ways to find the FTP. Please note, that the longer the test, the more accurate.