Midtown Miles wrote:
Right now I have nothing, so I'm judging my workouts on how much I sweat and my speed as reported by my Garmin when I finally do get outside. I am thinking ANY kind of baseline reading would give me something to improve upon. Thank you!
This is my 4th year in a row training for full IM distance. I have always ridden bikes for fun - but only been racing for these four years. I bought PowerTap pedals this year and am riding with them (inside and out). I have had unexpectedly good race results over the last two years (Kona both years - 5th in my AG at Kona last year) and am just beginning now to play with with these pedals can do. I am hoping they will give me enough feedback that I can gain a little more speed as I move into the top of my age group and the speedy youngsters move up behind me. I am "looking for pennies" at this point - and hope power will help me find them.
A couple of things...
1.Power is just one more data set. I like that it tells me how hard I am working but it is only one way of figuring that out.
2. I love that I can get independent R/L readings - I wanted the pedals so I can see how hard each of my legs is working. A small imbalance is normal - but my 60/40 split needs correction (and the continual power readouts allow me to correct the imbalance).
3. I don't plan to race with power. It's too much information for a race. What I do plan to do is to connect the 'feeling' of the power output with my perceived exertion and HR.
4. As a reference, my goal is to to race at 170-180w. I 'ride easy' at 120w and once hit 715w climbing a 20% grade (or that was a data glitch).
All that said, there are many different ways of assessing your effort and progress. The strongest one being HR. If you train in the right zone and get realtime feedback from your HR monitor then you know you are making progress. The power/speed is just an outcome of that hard work.
I would not spend your dollars on power. Save up for good bike and wheel set instead. It will make a significant difference in your speed- and will make riding so much more fun.
(and I really
want a Kick'r too)