Well...today was the first group ride with the 'ol PowerTap....
My wattage numbers still kinda suck, but I think I finally got at or below 140 pounds (I think I'm around 139 pounds now). I contested a Cat 3/Masters 45+ guy for one of the town line sprints....we started out pretty far, probably 400 yards or so (felt like an eternity to me), and I came around him within 5-6 seconds of the jump, so we were both in the wind pretty much the whole time. I blew up around 100 feet or so from the sign, and backed off....hit 1080 watts, and 36 mph (flat road with no wind) and over 140 rpms. I guess that's pretty good for not being a sprinter, and never training for it. I was within a 1/2 wheel right up alongside until I backed off and sat up, so I was pretty happy with that, given that he has a pretty strong sprint. I need to do some sprint workouts...maybe next year.
For the numbers junkies:
Average power: 152 watts (yeah, lots of coasting)
Normalized power: 221 watts
Max power: 1080 watts
Distance: 28.6 miles
Vertical gain: 1244 feet
Average gradient: 5%
Max gradient: 9%
Average speed: 19 mph
Max speed: 43 mph
Average cadence: 91 rpms
Max cadence: 166 rpms
Peak 5 second power: 1035 watts
Peak 10 second power: 1000 watts
Peak 1 minute power: 451 watts
Peak 5 minute power: 269 watts (279 normalized)
Peak 20 minute power: 192 watts (245 normalized)
Now....if I could only hit like 1300-1400 watts in a sprint...I'd be good to go.
I'm definitely glad I bought a powermeter though....on the rare times I actually looked at it (when I was in front driving the pace), it helped me a bit to pace myself, knowing how I would feel in certain power ranges.
I shall start reading the "good book" this weekend, and do some tests shortly to get everything figured out.
BTW, during the sprints, it feels like I'm going to rip my back wheel apart.