Don’t worry, I’m here to remove all the fear
I potentially should have explained more in the other thread that having multiple points of failure in a single ride is also super helpful for the system to extact a signature. For example, hitting failure just once on a ramp test might make it difficult for the system to extract a meaningful signature. But hitting failure on the ramp test and then on a few sprints can actually help considerably. The first BT you posted is one of the later… you touched MPA on the first set of 30/15’s and then got really close with the follow-up sprint (ouch…)
The second BT you posted is still good! Despite the MET of 35s, it took a considerable time for you to draw down MPA, which can help Xert dial in the Threshold Power much better than smashing and pulling down MPA in 30s. For example, go to advanced MPA on that activity and try moving TP down like 2W and then clicking REFRESH and look at the result (don’t save it). Compare that to an activity where MPA is dragged down a single time in 90s (not Ronnestad’s/Billats where you pull it down repeatedly). Moving TP up/down a few watts in that case won’t do as much, since HIE will have a larger influence over those efforts. Hopefully that makes sense!
Sprinting BT’s are still BT’s! Nice work!!
@Brazoo That’s a BIG jump in threshold! Great job
I think many people feel similar… long climbs provide a nice, steady resistance that allows you to slowly & methodically pull down MPA
@ridgerider2 that is the best feeling! When you can ‘expect’ a BT, nail the BT session, and then still feel good on subsequent workouts. Excellent! I’m sure you’re aware, but I’ll state it for perhaps some newer users… when going for a BT, don’t treat hitting the purple on the gauge as the finish line - that’s what Xert expects your limit to currently be. Instead, you want to get to the purple and THEN hang on for dear life as hard/long as you can!
I remember that race! Was a fantastic finish & motivating to think about! Richmond is a great course for Puncheurs with the generally punchier hills around. And Gold BT’s are the most rewarding. Haven’t been gold in some time…usually I get bronze or silver (either PP or combo of HIE/TP, but not usually all 3).