What is ERG Mode?
Smart trainers (for example Wahoo KICKR) include a load-restricted mode called Erg Mode. When using this mode, your resistance will be set for you. Think of it as a bit like cruise control; there is no need to shift as the trainer will change your power output (intensity) according to the target powers within your workout. An advantage of smart trainers and using Erg mode is that they keep your power exceptionally smooth.
Your FTP will need to be correctly set up in your TrainingPeaks settings to ensure you train at the correct intensity. See this article for more on How To Determine Your Bike Thresholds.
FTP Testing - Turn Erg Mode Off
When determining your current FTP with our FTP Test, Erg mode needs to be off. Switching Erg mode off enables you to self-select your own power output throughout the test. That way, you can push harder or ease off, depending on how you feel at any given moment.
If you have a bike training device with its own "FTP" test protocol, you could use that instead.
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