FTP and CP testing can be confusing, for starters, they're the same thing! SuperFly Endurance coach Adam Zucco stresses the importance of a 30 minute test for his athletes for a few key reasons. In this blog post he'll quickly walk you through CP30 testing and why he prefers it over a 20 minute test.
- "CP" Stands for Critical Power or Critical Pace. In other words "The best effort you can do for" and the number is the minutes. So CP30 = "The best effort you can do for 30 min". CP60 would be the "best effort you can do for 60 min." and so on.
- what you do on your own you can do for 2x the duration in a race.
- Most happen in a group environment, so you have outside motivation
- Its not a clean doubling effect. So even if you do subtract 5% its still going to leave you a bit high in terms of FTP prediction
- A lot of people become good at “training for the test”. Therefore, its not a actual indication of their ME (Muscular Endurance)
Adam Zucco is a USAT Level 2 Coach, the 2011 USAT Developmental Coach of the Year and head development coach for Ben Kanute. He has been doing triathlon for over 25 years with personal Kona qualifications and has qualified dozens of athletes for Kona. He is the head coach for Superfly Coaching and can be found at www.superflycoahing.com