The physiology lab was definitely where it was at for me at university where I quickly learned that accurate data capture was the key to progress and performance. Understanding first hand the benefits of using power meters to quantitatively track changes in fitness, and define weaknesses, allowed me to take my training to a new level. Today I use products and software developed by companies such as Garmin, Powertap and Nova Biomedical, to cross reference variables of heart rate, power, and lactate. You can be confident that you are benefitting from the latest technology, the experience to use it effectively, and the know how to interpret the data and take from it the requisite information to track your performance on a frequent basis. I have found Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan’s book an invaluable source, and my methods are a reflection of their work.
“Training and Racing with a Power Meter is the ultimate guide to training with power. Hunter Allen and Dr Andrew Coggan, are without doubt, the most knowledgeable people on the planet when it comes to power meters” – JOE FRIEL, World recognised endurance sports coach and author of The Cyclist’s Training Bible
I was looking to improve my performance on the bike in preparation for the Marmotte cycle sportive in the Alps last summer, and wanted to understand what zones and intensities I should be training in for maximum endurance gains. I decided to book in for a power and blood lactate test with Goose. He set my bike up in the gym on a stationary trainer with a powertap wheel, and while I cycled at different intensities, he took blood samples at intervals from my earlobe. Using the power figures from the wheel and the lactate results, he was then able to accurately establish my lactate threshold and functional threshold power values. I thought I already knew what I was doing, but the results were surprising, and have since given me a confidence-inspiring framework to train by. Using results from testing, rather than formulas, is definitely the key to better performance. Money well spent – don’t hesitate.
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