Ok, so I joined a gym (Pure here in Austin – really sweet facility), and was browsing through the exercise bikes. They have some nice spin bikes and I did a spin class, but my impression of that was that it was more geared to people who just want to lose weight than someone who is training for racing. Plus there’s no way to really gauge effort. Then I discovered some exercise bikes that gave you all kinds of output, including watts and heart rate. Hello! One was kind of cool in that it ran you through a virtual course with a pacer (I think the machine was called Expresso or something like that?). The strongest pacer was set to average 200 watts though. F that. I went ahead and did a course that took me about 40 minutes and I averaged 260 watts. I was completely wiped out. I had to go sit down for a sec afterwards actually. I was bummed about my ‘numbers’ though. I was hoping they’d be a bit higher than that (although this bike has flat pedals so I was in sneakers). Also, there is NO coasting on this thing. You are producing effort constantly.
Anyway, wanted to see what you guys thought about:
a.) Using this as a serious training tool.
b.) Tips and suggestions about how to plan workouts. I’m trying to figure out some kind of interval structure actually.
Oh, and since I haven't trained with power much please explain any acronyms, you guys completely lose me when you start throwing the power lingo around.