The Past Year – By The Numbers

I’ve been going quite well, and have not been doing my all summer long.  I find testing to me more useful during the early parts of the season when I am not racing as often.

Since I’ve been using a power meter, I’ve learned that race performance is a very good indicator of fitness.  This may seem like a ‘no duh’ point, but previously I may have attributed a good or bad performance to race tactics or other conditions.  With the power meter, I have seen that my best performances (and worst) are well very well represented by the numbers.

So, I decided to do a test after my post-road season rest week, and am not surprised, but still pleased with the numbers.  I hit my LTHR of 165 at 340 watts.

LT Test Data

I applied my estimated threshold power to my power profile and updated it with data from the past year.   I have had my power meter for exactly one year, and I have accumulated quite a bit of data.  I think it is safe to say that my improvement in the past year has been very, very good.  I think I can expect a 5% power improvement in the next year at the most.

Power Profile

I have also lost 5 lbs since last year, which increases my W/Kg.  I think I can lose 5 more and race at 155 lbs.  I am shooting for that for cyclocross this year, but it may have to wait until next road season.  5 lbs is 3.2%, which as you can see, is a significant change and equivalent to about 10 watts of power.

About Russell

I have been racing bicycles for a decade. This blog will chronicle my efforts as a Category 1 road racer lining up with the pros.
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