Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Training & Nutrition
Reload this Page >

How to use my power meter?

Notices
Training & Nutrition Learn how to develop a training schedule that's good for you. What should you eat and drink on your ride? Learn everything you need to know about training and nutrition here.

How to use my power meter?

Old 06-08-24, 08:30 PM
  #26  
Perceptual Dullard
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,529
Liked 1,293 Times in 552 Posts
Originally Posted by rm -rf
Another interesting Golden Cheetah chart.

Power-Time Scatter.
This is set to show every second of the ride as a dot. I used 5-second averaging, since watts are so variable second-by-second.

It's easy to see the two hard effort climbs, with consistent higher watts. The rest of the ride varies so much, to ride the rolling terrain and stay with the group's mostly conversational pace. Lots of dots in the 100-150w range, and quite a bit of soft pedaling low watts too. I did chase some of the stronger riders over short roller hills, with brief hard efforts. The store stop in the middle, and a wait at the top of the second hill show as zero watts.

I stayed back with a slower rider toward the end, just cruising back to the parking lot.

If only there were some way to discern a pattern in that scatter.
RChung is offline  
Old 06-12-24, 05:18 PM
  #27  
just another gosling
 
Carbonfiberboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 19,687

Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004

Liked 2,047 Times in 1,451 Posts
Originally Posted by RChung
If only there were some way to discern a pattern in that scatter.
Exactly my issue with riding by power outdoors: there isn't one. Excellent demonstration. Even spending the whole ride glancing at the screen, it's hard to stay near some goal power. I mostly go by breathing, checking that against HR every little while and then checking that against power even less often. Indoors, power is quite useful. Mostly, I try to keep my eyes up the road. Going by breathing is compatible with that idea.
__________________
Results matter
Carbonfiberboy is offline  
Old 06-12-24, 11:09 PM
  #28  
Perceptual Dullard
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,529
Liked 1,293 Times in 552 Posts
Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy
Exactly my issue with riding by power outdoors: there isn't one. Excellent demonstration. Even spending the whole ride glancing at the screen, it's hard to stay near some goal power. I mostly go by breathing, checking that against HR every little while and then checking that against power even less often. Indoors, power is quite useful. Mostly, I try to keep my eyes up the road. Going by breathing is compatible with that idea.
Ummm, I was being facetious. There're several things you can learn from data like that; you can learn even more if you combine the power data with something else, like speed or cadence or heart rate; or even more if you can look at those data across several rides.
RChung is offline  
Likes For RChung:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.