FTP (Functional Threshold Power) and MAP (Maximal Aerobic Power) are practical and readily measurable indicators of a rider’s aerobic fitness. Through testing, one can effectively set a training guide and make sure that the mix of intensity and duration during a workout or training cycle is appropriate for gaining the specific fitness required for a rider’s target events. Further into the training cycle it can also objectively determine if training is having the desired impact.
MAP is the functional power equivalent of assessing VO2max (maximal rate of Oxygen uptake). These training levels can be used to help guide training efforts and of course MAP tests can be performed periodically to determine whether training is actually improving performance. During phases of training where fitness is expected to change somewhat (e.g. when building your basic aerobic condition during the early season), then testing every six to eight weeks is suggested.
FTP is your Functional Threshold Power measured in watts. It is based on what you can sustain over a one hour Time Trial if paced correctly. At Turbo Studio we offer a relatively controlled environment to conduct these tests in which is useful when comparing multiple tests across your training season.