FTP – What is it?
FTP stands for Functional Threshold Power. To the rider, this represents the amount of work (in Watts) that they could SUSTAIN while riding at a MAXIMUM effort for 60 mins. Sustain is the key word in this definition. Anyone can go to a max effort on a bicycle for 7 to 15 seconds and produce a really large number of Watts. That’s not what we are into. We want to know what is the maximum level of effort that a rider could sustain for 60 minutes. What power output could you give everything you had to give for 60 minutes instead of 7 to 15 seconds. It would definitely be lower but the awesome thing is that it’s something we can work with.
Working with FTP in cycling is like defining a weight lifting program not around the Max Weight that someone could lift, but rather building a workout around 75% of their Max Weight. This offers more the individual a chance to get stronger on multiple levels and builds muscle endurance at the same time. This is our approach to cycling. Zone training using FTP allows Implicit to make our riders stronger and have greater endurance by holding them accountable using zones that directly relate to the individual’s FTP number.