I recently purchased and installed a Power2Max poser meter for my Fuji Roubaix. As has been mentioned in this forum it is difficult to get a real idea of how one's training is going. This spring I encountered significant allergic problems. I'm no where in the league of many of you here but I have been able to do 24 miles on my trainer at around 15 miles and hour. In March I encountered significant bronchial spasms (b.s.) difficulties even inside on a trainer and when I tried going outside I not only encountered that but I had to quit way early because of that and lung soreness. I saw an allergist and tests confirmed allergies to trees, grass, weeds and mold. I did some research and asked him about B.S. and he gave me a blank look, admitted it was not his specialty and referred me to a pulmonologist. I'm seeing him tomorrow after several weeks using an airflow meter. He confirmed that I had asthma and wanted to see the flow numbers to arrive at a treatment plam
Before my initial visit to the pulmonologist I purchased the power meter and began doing my engineer 'thing' and controlling variables varying them one at a time. Sure enough my AHR varies as much as 8 bpm for the same pace and distance. I've included my training figures from January to date. You can see the deterioration in performance due to allergies first in April and then to the miserable ozone we had here in Washington in June and July.
I started incorporating a slower paced break in and increasing a bpm each mile to my cruising pace. Voila! no more b.s. However I still hit a ceiling at around 18 miles and 14 mph when it gets painful. (no heart problems; I had a full blown heart work up in June...no detectable blockages). You can see the much steadier training from the beginning of August. For me the $500 was a useful investment. Hopefully the doctor will figure out which medication to help me out with this asthma.