A new story to start

After having offered you my personal reflexion on cycling training and especially the young woman training, I propose a new story around the use of power in triathlon and cycling.

It is one of my training passions, this value which makes possible to go from a more or less controlled effort to a calibrated one: it is about the power.

In cycling, in the pack, it is almost impossible to use the watts continuously but how important it is during a TT or a triathlon! And for the daily training...

Small aside, it’s a forced laugh when I hear that the use of power makes the Grand Tours boring. Christian PRUDHOMME (Tour de France CEO) or the UCI senior executives speak on the subject after each end of Tour de France.

It’s surprising to hear it when you know the daily devotion of pro athletes to perform: believing that by removing the power reading on the GPS during a stage, the race will be more unbridled. A professional cyclist (and even a serious amateur) can quickly connect power to sensations through training.

Bernal, Thomas or Roglic will probably have the same pace management in a long climb or a TT with or without a GPS.

This parenthesis made, we must recognize that the powermeter is a particularly interesting tool for a pedagogical approach of cycling.

On the road, in triathlon, on a MTB, the power reading contribution is awesome and allows significant progress: personally, I often use the example of my wife who had never practiced cycling and with a training organized around the power, she had maximized her learning time to the point of participating in the TT French Pro Championships 2 years after her debut.

In this series of articles, we gonna scan largely this subject: what is power? How we measure it? What kind of powermeter using on road, on mountain bike, in triathlon?

A endless subject!

Fred Hurlin - www.azurperformance.fr

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