Thursday, November 24, 2011
The Power Meter Advantage
Another advantage of training with Power is comparing your fitness from year-to-year. Training Peaks Software has a pretty cool feature called Multi-file/Range Analysis where you can compare two similar rides a year a part. What I like to look at is my HR delta at the same Power Output..in this case 180w. In the figure above, you can see I rode a pretty similar stretch of road on my Erg Video 3 software. It was an L3 Tempo Workout where I compared the first 20 minutes of the ride. My HR in 2011 was almost 20 bpm LESS (145bpm avg. compared to 165bpm avg.) than it was in 2010. That's pretty good. However, I'm NOT getting too excited about that..because I could have been more rested for this ride (in 2011) than I was last year. I could also have been better hydrated, cooler, etc. There are a lot of factors that affect HR..which is why I don't train by HR alone. Nonetheless, I'm pretty happy that I'm not in as bad a shape as I thought I was. More testing in the next couple weeks (performing similar comparisons) will reveal the truth- is my fitness level really better than last year (the same time)? My PM and HR monitor will tell the tale.
Time to chow down on some Turkey and drink a few beers! Hey, I deserve it, I went to the gym this morning for resistance/weight training and just finished an interval indoors on the bike.
Power ON! Coach Rob
Posted by Rob Muller at 2:09 PM