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 01-31-09, 10:29 PM #1 nanocyclist Junior Member Thread Starter   Join Date: Jan 2008 Bikes: Posts: 6 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) Realistic wattage increase in one season? I have some e-motion rollers and I started paying attention to power output using their power calculator. http://www.insideride.com/media/Supp...-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!
 01-31-09, 11:04 PM #2 nanocyclist Junior Member Thread Starter   Join Date: Jan 2008 Bikes: Posts: 6 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) After searching the forums I came across this: http://www.cyclingpeakssoftware.com/...profile_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
 02-01-09, 04:24 AM #3 paulclaude Senior Member   Join Date: Jan 2009 Bikes: Posts: 216 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) 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?