VIDEO: Training With A Power Meter, Part 3 of 3 - Q and A

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In part three, the coach answers questions on power meter workouts, threshold calculations and how strength training affects power.

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By Jason Gootman and Will Kirousis

Tri-Hard Endurance Coaching


Filmed on location at Fit Werx 2 in Peabody, MA

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The following questions on power training will be answered in this Q&A:

"If you're going to put in a lot of time training by power indoors and you have a certain workout
for 60 to 90 minutes at a certain power ratio do you just want to put it in one gear and crank out power for the whole time or do you want to move the gears around and alter your cadence,
or does it matter?

"How often do you change your threshold? When you first start, you’re going to be at a certain level. Around here I’m not doing as much in the winter as in the summer, so your threshold is going
to change. How do you check that?

"On intensity intervals, when you do high-intensity ones, is there some sort of ratio between the rest interval and the actual intensity interval?  I imagine they’re different the higher the intensity – the higher the rest interval?"

"You mentioned strength training, so I guess my question is, a lot of athletes in here like to strength train. So let’s say they’re doing off-season, we might be in a build phase of strength, have you seen then that you might take off a certain number of watts from if you’re using your power meter for workouts on the bike and yesterday you did an aggressive leg workout; that you might have a range you suggest knocking off a workout for watts?"

"So I know there’s athletes in here, I know Kevin, for example, who will do the Crossfit-style workouts So have you, in turn, started combining a high metabolic lifting body weight exercise and then going into an anaerobic threshold bike; and then truncating the amount of time you’re actually training?"

"How would it help by doing plyometrics?"

"Are there variations in power meters? So you’ve got CompuTrainer and you’ve got the ones on the bikes and various things. Are the variabilities in those different power meter systems going to make trying to train this way difficult if you’re training indoors and outdoors and you’ve got two
different systems?"
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date: June 24, 2011

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