I’ve been using a quark powermeter for the last 2.5 years. I bought it as a pick me up following knee surgery (I can’t run ‘properly’ anymore so I was in mourning. (I am still doing Ironman but I just shuffle around the run 🙂 )
I use golden cheetah to put my data into.
I personally think it’s been great and has helped me improve…. but then I swapped the date range on a graph the other day, and now I am not so sure…..
So… What have I seen?
I like the graph of my aerobic best efforts. Ie best 5 minute power (green), 10 minute(dark blue), 20 minutes(light blue) and 60 minutes (red). The best measure for me is 60 min power. I find it starts off low in December, climbs in the spring (with a big peaks in 5-20 mins in march when I go to lanza for a week and do some TT / hill timed climb efforts) then rises to some big events in the summer.
I did IM France in June, then had 10 weeks off as I lost mojo.
Great. I find this motivational. I look at the current year. And all is good. Lines trending up make me happy
So I extended the date range the other day, and was a bit surprised. I see my power building each year, but over the last 2-3 years the peaks are not actually getting any higher 😦
So what’s going on?
- Is the whole power based training thing not working?
- Why are my best efforts in each year in lanza in May?
- Why is one of my 5 best efforts for 60 minute power done over 2 and a half years ago?
- I dont generally do short races or events. I’ve only ever done 1 straight 40k tt 3 years ago
- My training has been based on improving aerobic fitness and sustainable power over 180k. Lots of long steady rides and 60 min turbo sessions with hard efforts and recoveries
- when do I do shorter hard efforts…. Err in lanza. These are done in competition amongst the people on the camp. I do a 20k rolling tt on a Sunday, and a 10k hill climb on the Wednesday. .
These are.my best efforts for the year. I can’t get close to them another time… The power of motivation
- I don’t like working really hard on the turbo
I only race (so far) in Ironman – thats been the real measure for me over the last 5 years. Sportives etc are just training rides.
Over the years I have varied / increased the difficulty of races I have done, (IM Germany fast, flat -> IM Wales short sharp hills, -> IM lanza hills and wind -> IM France 1000m climbs) so it’s difficult to see a trend, but overall my times have fallen 5:37 fastest in 2011 to 5:07 in 2013.
Last year was rubbish, i had 10 weeks off post IM France and still knocked out a 5:07 at IM Barcelona.
Should I expect to see any increases / bests in 60 min power when I generally ride for 5-6 hrs on a Sunday?
So sometimes a graph does not tell the whole story
I love my power meter 🙂