Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Power Meter Training

I guess the more that you do one thing the more you learn. Triathlons have been growing in numbers the last couple years and this year has seen one of the biggest jumps, so how do you gt better. First start with a heart rate monitor and make sure you are staying within your threshold. As you progress, a cadence, and power meter for biking are going to be one of your biggest investments, besides a bike!
Training Peaks has a great article on training with a power meter.
"Training with power means that you are utilizing the latest tool in the cycling industry today in order to maximize your athletic potential. A power meter is a measuring device that is on your bicycle to determine the amount of wattage that you can produce while pedaling the bicycle. These power meters can measure the watts in the hub of the bicycle wheel, the 'spider' of the crank arm, the axle of the bottom bracket or even measure the tension of the bicycle chain. A power meter looks just like a larger more complex bicycle speed-o-meter and it records every few seconds while the cyclists rides. It records many different metrics from the rider including: watts, heart rate, speed, cadence, torque, and distance that the rider has traveled. This record of the cyclists ride is then available for download to a PC computer and can be analyzed post-ride to determine optimal training or racing performance." more..