Power Meter Project – Week 1

Today is the first day in the Power Meter Project 2007. The next 12 weeks are dedicated for wattage controlled intervals for the 5 participants. This week the riders will perform four critical power tests that will be used in the calculation of intervals. These tests will be repeated in week 6 and 12, and used as an objective evaluation of their progress.

Maximum power tests in week 1
The riders will do maximum power tests at 5 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes and 20 minutes. These tests are done to get a picture of their respective sprinting power, anaerobic endurance power, VO2 max and threshold power. These parameters can be trained selectively with a power meter if you know how to do it. I will make the training programs based on their personal goals in combination with the test results.

Predictions for the Power Meter Project

I hope that this project will help the riders to a better understanding of their potentials as riders. Wattage controlled training programs are in my opinion the best way to control training intensity. Also it is a perfect way to train for specific physiological qualities, e.g. anaerobic endurance.

I predict that all the riders will make progress compared to the four tests performed in week 1. I have three reasons for this. These reasons should be considered when you evaluate the project:

  1. Motivation – I guess that a part of the predicted progress can be explained by motivation. A motivated rider trains harder and makes better results than a non-motivated rider.
  2. Structure – I don’t know how the participants’ training structure were before this project, but it is not uncommon that getting a little structure on the training program (or just having a training program) improves performance.
  3. Wattage – Power meter training helps the riders to train at the right intensity. Training at the right intensity does a difference and will significantly improve performance.

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