Gonzalo Vilaseca has competed in long cycling endurance races of 5 to 7hours but now wants to switch to shorter, more intense races of 2 hours in length. At the moment, he trains about 8 hours per week, but he normally spends 15 hours on his bike in the season.
Name: Gonzalo Vilaseca
Power meter: Power Tap SL
How would you describe yourself as a cyclist?
I’m a weekend cyclist who has had more time/will to train better and harder through the last three years. I never raced when I was young as I put the studies before anything else.
My goal for past years was to finish in a good place in what we call cyclosportives (endurance races), primarily one called Marmotte (176km and 5000m positive climbing). I have good endurance due to all this year’s training, very low sprint power (I have never trained this), but good 20 min power. I don’t like descending, and that’s one of my weaknesses and where I lose the pack.
This year I want to try short races 80-90km, which are almost flat; I feel this kind of effort is more adequate to my physical conditions. I’m very obstinate; in order to train hard, I need a goal. Without a goal, my motivation for training just disappears.
What are your previous experiences with power meter training?
I have been training by power for the last three years. Two years with an ergomo and one year with an SRM. The first year I was my own coach, and I did pretty good.
The two following years, I had a coach. During the first year, my results were the same as when I coached myself. The following year my results improved, but so did my training hours. I can’t compare wattages between seasons because of issues I had with my ergomo. I can’t train without a power meter now, and it’s my eyes.
What is your main goal with the Power Meter Project 2007?
My goal is to learn what and how to train for this new kind of race. I’m sure an experienced coach will know what kind of skills I should improve to try and make good results.
I also want to see other training methods, as I feel my previous training methods were very monotone and sometimes boring. I need some motivation to start training for next season, and I’m sure this will help.