I like the concept of power meter training. It makes it possible for me to convert my knowledge about exercise physiology to the best possible training for my riders.
Let me show you an example that demonstrates what I talk about.
Gonzalo Vilaseca from Spain is an experienced rider riding quite seriously the last three years before participating in the Power Meter Project 2007 here on Training4cyclists.com. Before starting on my 12-week training program, he performed 357W/5min and 321W/20min with a bodyweight of 73kg.
Quite impressive numbers, so it was no easy task for me to make him significantly stronger in only 12 weeks. I decided to put the most focus on building a large aerobic engine. In the old days (and still found in most standard training programs), such an engine was period with long slow distance training without intervals. Still, I let Gonzalo test one of the newer training strategies with more intensive training.
Actually, it was a pretty intensive training program with intervals every second day. These intervals were designed to increase his VO2max and aerobic endurance.
I’ve used similar technics in my two latest training programs: the 12-Week Winter Training Program and VO2 Max Booster Program. The VO2 Booster program is an extreme, short and focused demonstration of how you can use a power meter to increase your VO2 max.
We know that well-trained riders need intervals with an intensity close to their VO2 max to make further progress. You might wonder why I keep telling you this, but let’s look at the results from Gonzalo:
The hard work paid off, and he achieved some impressive results. His 5min maximum power went up to a fantastic 416w (+59W) and still weighed only 73kg. His 20min maximum capacity made a significant increment from 321 to 342w. I think these numbers speak for themselves.
You can read an interview with Gonzalo here.
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