Yesterday I published and commented on the results from Dave Simonson. Today, I will talk about Marc Moeller, a category 3 rider with an ambition to promote to category 2 this season. That goal sounds quite fair if Marc’s training wasn’t limited to only 8 hours per week. Thus, Marc gave me a challenge when he entered the project and a great chance to test how much progress you can achieve with a training program with limited time available.
Wattage controlled intervals
I chose to push Marc’s intervals to the maximum capable amount. He was supposed to do intervals three times a week, but these days were not only like regular interval days. They were tough workouts that required a dedicated effort to succeed. These intervals were monitored on his PowerTap Pro. There was a risk that this program could fail if the total training load was too heavy.
The three interval days were one session with anaerobic intervals (6 bursts of 40 seconds at 600-650W, recovery 6minutes), one training day with VO2 max intervals (3 times 3minutes 400W, 3min recovery or a couple of sets of 6 bursts of 40/20seconds at 410+ W) and finally one day with threshold power intervals in the range of 3 to 15minutes, generally with a total time of 24-30minutes. In addition, two times a week, there were sprint sessions with short power sprints and regular sprints.
Marc improved all parameters and achieved a slight weight loss, making his watts per kilogram even better. These results are remarkable because Marc had excellent fitness before entering this project and was even more impressive when looking at the limited training time. The threshold power did not improve as much as the other parameters, but that is not surprising. Even though the improvement is more negligible in threshold power, it’s still worth the effort because that skill is essential in road cycling.
|Critical Power Tests||5sec||1min||5min||20min||Body Weight|
|Week 1 (Watt)||1110W||600W||395W||337W||82.6kg/182lbs|
|Week 1 (Watt/kg)||13.4W/kg||7.3W/kg||4.8W/kg||4.1W/kg|
|Week 6 (Watt)||1184W||649W||417W||351W||80.4kg/177.2lbs|
|Week 6 (Watt/kg)||14.7W/kg||8.1W/kg||5.2W/kg||4.4W/kg|
|Week 12 (Watt)||1286W||684W||436W||352W||79.8kg/176lbs|
|Week 12 (Watt/kg)||16.1W/kg||8.6W/kg||5.5W/kg||4.4W/kg|
These results have convinced me that you can reach a very high level of cycling with focused power meter training. I decided to use many of the intervals Marc performed as a test pilot on one of my most considerable U23 talents, limited in training time this spring due to schoolwork. As a result, my rider has had his most successful spring ever, indicating a significant potential in tough wattage controlled intervals.