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.
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.
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.