Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Peterson Performance Labs - Training with Power and Heart rate

A reasonably good introduction to training with power and HR here.

His main contention is that while power meters provide valuable data you shouldn't forget to pay attention to heart rate (dig out that HRM strap) and RPE.

For me this is timely. I'm still trying to determine what my limiters are in getting 5sec and 1min power numbers up. Or more specifically how to keep up on the short climbs so I don't get dropped in our typical local road races...

So I'm trying to remember to wear the strap and see if I can get some more insights...

1 comments:

Colin Griffiths said...

My short duration power is not very good, never was even 20 years ago. I learnt to cope with hills by anticipating them, changing down a few cogs and spinning up at a much higher cadence. I still use this strategy today and find it less tiring and I rarely get dropped. I suspect that if I am heaving on the pedals, I am probably using muscle fibres that I wasn't particularly endowed with in the first place.