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I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem with their Powertap powermeter.4 CPU doesn't come close to offering this functionality. My training principles focus on the high intensity training methods, VO2 max and interval training.competitivecyclist. Even if you do have a highly trained aerobic system, you cannot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at powertaps's blog
The Power Tap SL 2.4 has been my companion for thousands of miles--FOR most of a year I've used it to monitor my fitness. It is the best product next to a bicycle that can really help you get faster and keep you on the right track to a healthy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at powertaps's blog
Whether you might be a professional competitor, a century rider or maybe you merely want to shine when out with the nearby team rides, it’s highly important to realize the way you are training using the bicycle. Loads of cyclists are aware of handlebar computers, cadence computers and heart monitors... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at powertaps's blog
One of the first things people encounter when using PowerTap technology is the fact that as they ride the wattage goes up and down. Simple and direct; the best measure of performance is performance itself (clichéd, I know, but easy to forget). The first step towards achieving the best pedal stroke possible is to make sure you are set up properly. These data gives you a great opportunity to optimize your training and analyze your race performance. Knowledge is that key element. Once you are dialed in and have gained some experience in the saddle, you will notice your wattage output will be become increasingly consistent and stable through the range of riding positions. I am finding the CyclingPeaks software the best programme to analyse my data. Power is therate of work being performed on the bike. As you ride, you may also notice that you have a dominant side, just like you have a dominant hand. If you look at the formula, you will notice that there are two ways you could produce more power: pedal harder or pedal faster. In many years SRM was the only provider of power meters, but only professionals (or rather their sponsors) were willing to pay the price of these power meter cranks. The shorter the effort the more important the peak power while for the more aerobic efforts the ave power is more important. One quick way to check your efficiency is to fill in the following chart. Start with a steady warm up to optimize recruitment patterns and get the lungs, leg and cranium ready to ride. The beginner doesn’t know his/her own limits, starting point, or potential target and using a PowerTap is going to help measure true performance based on the body’s limits. From this I can try and add 5 watts every subsequent time I do an effort. To use a PowerTap is as simple as putting the rear wheel in your bike, the computer on your handlebars and starting to ride. Various sources have suggested 80-85% is a good figure to start at. For example, for a given ride you perform 1500 KJ, so based on the information discussed above you can estimate that your caloric expenditure for the workout is 1500 Kcals.I did use lactate testing to determine HR training zones but can now see the high variability with HR and how many factors affect HR in comparison to power. Also I have concerns with the variability in results when doing lactate testing. . Ideally, you should see some of the following: Less variance in wattage output over time. Steadier rpm ranges. One could do a 60min TT, or take the average power from a 60min road race as other ways to determine this point. Decrease in working HR. Finally, look at your data objectively to decide what you want to work on. The meter can also be used to track ones progress on various courses. It is only when we identify our opportunities can we create positive change, adaptation, and greater fitness with less effort. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at powertaps's blog
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Feb 13, 2011