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Old 05-13-11, 07:36 AM
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what was your biggest bennefit when switching to power based training?

Hi

I am wondering what your biggest benefit was when you switched to power based training.

please leave the you do not need one responses out of this thread
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Old 05-13-11, 11:25 AM
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motivation. without a doubt. finally i knew how hard i was going compared to my targets and other people, what i was striving towards, and why.
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Pacing. Even on short intervals I have a tendency to go out really really hard and then blow up in dramatic fashion.

If I can be allowed a second, it would be seeing objective improvement. Watching my FTP rise and hitting new peak power numbers feels really good.
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I'm hoping to get a better or more realistic view of my strengths and weaknesses, so I can train and work on them
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Knowing how much I was backing off, on flats and downhills, when I was relying on the HRM.
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Windy days are no longer soul crushers. As long as I know I'm putting out my wattage, I'm happy. I try not to look at the fact I'm going 14mph into a headwind.
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Am I detecting correctly that you are on the cusp of jumping in and buying a power meter? From what I can see, everyone says to take the plunge. A quick googling yielded the following: https://forums.garmin.com/showthread.php?t=2417

I just bought a Polar Power Meter to use with my CS600x because it is by far one of the cheapest on the market. It's not installed yet but I'll keep you updated.
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Quantifiable results based on effort. As with weight training, knowing how hard is hard is important. It's just as important not to get caught up in the numbers. Use them as a tool to keep yourself grounded. When I'm climbing for example, at our team's spring camp, I know that I can do X watts for Y minutes, so it keeps me from detonating. When doing maximum sprint efforts, it's cool to go for an improved number, which shows how your training is progressing. It's a great tool, properly used.
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