“Enhance Indoor Training
With a power meter, you can use your indoor trainer to the fullest extent. One of the first things you will learn about using a power meter on the road is that your wattage will have a high degree of variability. Your wattage fluctuates on a moment-by-moment basis depending on the conditions, and sometimes this is not the best way to train. On an indoor trainer, without the outside influences of wind, hills, dogs, and so on, you can focus your intervals in exact wattage zones for optimal improvement.
In addition, indoor training gains new meaning when you can compare your intensity with on-road efforts. Indoor training also becomes more interesting, as now you have a new goal and focus to your workout. With the advent of the latest computerized indoor trainers, a cyclist with a power meter can even go out and ride a particular racecourse, come back, and download these data into the trainer to re-create this exact ride indoors. Power-meter data from indoor training sessions are also “cleaner” than from on-road efforts, as the massive wattage fluctuations caused by changes in terrain, riding with others, and justthe variable nature of pedaling frequency are gone from the power file, making it easier to analyze the periods of effort.”
Excerpt From: Hunter Allen & Andy Coggan PhD. “Training and Racing with a Power Meter, 2nd Ed.” iBooks.
As one of my New Year’s Resolutions, I have resolved to re-read some of the best and most respected books on the subject of fitness, training, and exercise physiology.
I’m starting this re-education with a book that many in the cycling world consider the “Bible” of training with a power meter, Training and Racing with a Power Meter, 2nd Ed. – Hunter Allen & Andy Coggan PhD.
As I read I’ll share excerpts that I believe are pertinent in the world of indoor cycling and the ever growing use of power meters and group display.