Power Meter Project 2007 – Thomas Davis

The last rider in this project is Thomas Davis, who trains 12 to 20 hours per week when he is very motivated. Thomas will start the training program a little later than the rest of this project because he is on vacation.

Name: Thomas Davis
Power meter: Power Tap Pro

How would you describe yourself as a cyclist?
I’m a 3 year veteran who’s raced at Category 5 during those 3 years. I do not want to get promoted until I know I can stay in the top 10 in most races I do, so that’s why I stayed there for that long.

I know I have incredible acceleration, which is how I usually make my name on the track where I’ve had the most success because when I make my jumps, I can put in gaps very quickly. I’m also a decent climber by default because of my weight.

However, I’ve always had trouble with consistency in steady-state type training for TTs and climbs, which are why I bought the Powertap as a way to gauge my efforts and improve my training specificity for those types of efforts.

I’m also a rather hyperaggressive attacker, and I would prefer to try to get my wins on wild but smart attacks and breakaways rather than waiting for the sprints, which I know I do have some natural capacity for.

What are your previous experiences with power meter training?
Frankly, the only time I’ve ever had a chance to use a power meter of any sort was when my club’s informal coach offered everyone a chance to test out their abilities on a Computrainer.

What is your main goal with the Power Meter Project 2007?
To acquire a better understanding of how to effectively use and train with a power meter. I want to get the maximum out of the power meter. I also aim to use it as an opportunity to try to improve my skills on the bike enough to move up to Cat. 4 and be competitive at Cat. 4.

Ultimately, I want to maximize my potential as a climber and sprinter with the project.

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