power.jpgAn email went out to all members of the NYC racing scene to show up at this training center in the city that has a bunch of bikes hooked up to powermeters, they have VO2 max testing, etc. Only two people showed up, I guess because it was 38 and raining outside and it's far on the west side of manhattan. They had us do a 10 mile ride and I rode at a pretty good pace. Turns out the strava estimated power seems relatively accurate, as the rides I do usually are around 175 watts. In the attached picture you can see my average wattage was 193 watts. I tried to keep it above 200 the entire time.
When I tried to increase my cadence and keep my speed the same, it seemed like my power was dropping. Is that common? Also it seemed on flat ground I had to keep my watts above 210 or so to sustain 20mph, and then on a 3% incline my watts went into the mid 2's to go around 14-15mph. During a couple of 15 second sprints I kept it above 500 watts - that's my weakest area of racing. I can sustain a decent clip but can't accelerate fast enough. I probably have to do more intervals. Also, my w/kg seemed to be around 2.4 average. I'm 165 lbs.
Pretty interesting stuff overall. I now know on a rough estimate how much power I'm putting down in order to keep certain speeds.
VO2 max testing was $300. Doesn't that seem really high? Also, is there any way I can garner FTP information from my ride? How can I get information about the different zones? I'm picking up a heart rate monitor tomorrow afternoon so I'll test it this weekend. I've never worn one before.
There was a fitter there and mentioned that I'm way too far forward - need to raise my seat and push it back a bit. She said slamming the stem wouldn't do much until I fix my saddle. Of course they wanted $250 for a full fitting so they didn't give much information. Overall, not bad for a free class.