Why Train With Power?
Why Train with Power (Powermeter)
We often get asked the age-old question: Why should I train with power? While the answer is lengthy, the reasons are real!
Record Your Effort
Training with a power meter gives you a complete record of your effort. It records your effort from a cardiovascular viewpoint (Heart rate), and from a muscular viewpoint (watts). Know how much time you’ve spent in your training zones while riding. Highlight areas of interest, intervals of data – hills, sprints, attacks for review by you, your coach or even your teammates!
Combine With Heart Rate
Add real meaning to your heart rate monitoring. Heart monitoring alone does not tell you how your actual performance is improving, it just tells you how hard your heart is working. A power meter measures your rate of work (power), and analyzes your efficiency by allowing you to compare heart rate data to power output to your cadence and finally to your speed.
Track your Fitness Changes. Know with certainty if your fitness is improving and when you have reached a peak. Avoid overreaching and overtraining by tracking your TSS and IF levels. You can easily see your changes in fitness and track them.
Analyze your Race! Want a subjective viewpoint on your use of energy in the race? A power meter can help you better analyze your race. You can easily see when you burned a “match” and if you used too much energy in parts of the race that weren’t decisive. Did you make a tactical error in a race, but didn’t realize it? By looking back on the data, you can replay the race in your head and see exactly what it took to make the winning break or what it took to make the decisive split. If you got shelled, you can see where you need to focus your training!
Find your Strengths
Pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses. Do you get dropped when your cadence drops below 80rpm? Are you a Cat 1 in your 5-minute power, but Cat 4 in your 20-minute power? If you have to do 105% of your Threshold power for more than 3 minutes, will you get popped? With a power meter, you can analyze your performance and training to find out what your natural talents are. Then by using Coggan’s Power Profiling, you can quantitatively see those talents and then easily see where you need improvement.
Combine With Coach
Improve your interaction with your Coach! It brings you and your coach closer together! By using a power meter, your coach can find out things about you, that he would not otherwise be able to figure out. Your coach can then better use this data to improve your training plan. Your coach can instantly see what you are doing in races, training rides and make suggestions to further improvements. A power meter doesn’t lie!
Achieve Your Potential
Achieve your physical potential! When you train with a power meter, it allows you to concentrate on the workload and provide that extra motivation to improve in your efforts. For example, if you are doing a 5-minute effort, and you are watching your Average watts drop near the end of the effort, you’ll pick it up just another notch in order to achieve your 5-minute wattage goal.
Test your position and aerodynamics. Your body position is the single greatest factor in determining your speed while riding at a specific power output. Why risk the disadvantage of a poor position when you can measure your aerodynamics and discover your fastest position!
Pacing of efforts. It allows you to pace your effort better in all of your interval workouts, hill climbs, and time trials. When you know your threshold power, you can hold to it like glue in a time trial or hill climb, so you will know that you went as hard as you could possibly go. Use it in breakaways, in order to know if you are going too hard, and risk getting dropped, or figure out what it will take to win the race.
Test Form and Fitness
Mobile Testing Lab! A power meter allows you to test on a monthly basis, so you can quantitatively see what areas you have improved on and what still needs work. A power meter measures the changes in your ability to move the bicycle down the road. It tells you how much force you are putting into the pedals and not just the workload on your cardio system. By testing regularly, you can better understand your potential for improvement and better avoid overtraining. Training is testing, Testing is training. Make every training session a peak performance!
Record your training data every few seconds. It’s the true diary of your every ride! You will know what you were doing almost every second of the ride!
Compare Data to Outside
Enhance your indoor training. Use your indoor trainer to the fullest extent! Highly focus your intervals in just the exact wattage zone for optimal improvement. Your indoor training gains new meaning when you can compare your intensity to on-road efforts.
Trial Nutrition Strategy
Coordinate your sports nutrition for best performance. Knowing how much work (in kJ) you do in training allows you to plan your post-exercise meals to the kcal. You will recover faster and be able to train harder sooner. You will also be able to plan to reach your ideal physique by eating enough to supplement or maintain your muscle mass. Use our quick calculator here to convert from kj to kcal.
Plan and Develop
PLAN, CONTROL AND EXECUTE your training like the pros. Train efficiently so that your best fitness peaks at your goal events. Every top cycling performance has been aided by the use of power meter training technology Tour de France winners, Hour records, Track records, HPV records.