# Training & Nutrition - Realistic wattage increase in one season?

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nanocyclist
01-31-09, 10:29 PM
I have some e-motion rollers and I started paying attention to power output using their power calculator.
http://www.insideride.com/media/SupportDocs/E-MotionRollers-PowerCalc.xls

For this spinervals dvd, during the 3 x 6 minute intervals at the beginning I can average about 274 watts.
http://www.spinervals.com/products/item7.cfm

So my question is, what is a realistic increase in watts I could see in one season? Would a 100 watt increase be impossible even with perfect training?

I'd like to at least sustain 400 watts for the 3 x 6 minute intervals. I'm 28 years old, 152lbs, 5'10". There's a leg press machine at work I use and I can easily do 3x15 sets of the max weight of 255lbs. The max watts according to their calculator I've had on the rollers is 506 during a sprint. I've only been riding two seasons so far and never done structured training until now.

Thanks!

nanocyclist
01-31-09, 11:04 PM
After searching the forums I came across this:
http://www.cyclingpeakssoftware.com/images/powerprofile_v4.gif

So if I compare my 274 watts to the 5min column on this chart.
274W/68.95kg = 3.97
Which puts me at a mid cat 4 rider.

400W/68.95kg = 5.80
Which would be almost mid cat 1.

I'm starting to think that's a pretty huge increase to have in one season! =D

paulclaude
02-01-09, 04:24 AM
At 5.8w/kg you could go pro. Also, 20min power is a better indicator of potential. However, a 125W increase isn't too likely over a season i'm afraid. Possible, but not likely. There is no way to determine what you can achieve over a given time, as every individual is different. Keep training, keep going for your goal. It could take months, or years, who knows?