Being on the bleeding edge is exciting. But you can also get cut deep (hints the “bleeding” part). Power meters were once bleeding edge technology, but today they are common sights. Ask experienced cyclist or triathlete the best upgrade they can make, and they will (should) tell you to get a power meter (If you don’t already have one). But running power meters? That’s bleeding edge!
There really are only a few names in the game right now as it comes to running power meters. The big name is Stryd, now on their second gen unit. The other is RPM2. A few others are out there, but they are more fringe and aren’t specifically power meters like Lumo run and SHFT. The biggest question hanging over running power meters is, are they worth it? Continue reading
Following on the heels of the post “What’s a Watt?” I wanted to jump off that and get a little more info out there on one of the things you can do with a power meter. A lot of people, (especially in the off season) focus on losing weight and getting a better body composition. To accurately count calories, you need an accurate count of calories burned. Any GPS will give you a number of calories burned for a given workout, but sometimes that is a bit of an arbitrary number. This is where a power meter comes into play!
I just wanted to take a quick moment today to let you know why I’m setting up my yearly planning with Weekly TSS instead of Weekly Hours this year.
First of all, we need to understand what TSS is. It stands for Training Stress Score. It is a metric that has been trademarked by TrainingPeaks and was first developed to track the amount of stress placed on the body in a cycling workout once Power Meters gained popularity. Realizing the need for TSS in other sports for runners and triathletes, they ported the concept to make a comparable score.
When planning a season’s worth of training, especially following the periodization model, an athlete or coach would set weekly hours for athletes to train. In recent years, elite athletes have changed their focus from accumulating hours of training to focusing more on the TSS they were accumulating. This is because TSS takes into account both duration AND intensity.
Triathletes like to throw fancy terms around a lot. Watts, Normalized Power, TSS, Bonk, Threshold, HRV, FTP, Aero, Friction, to name a few. I think we all have a general idea of what these terms mean, but… what do they REALLY mean?
Today I thought I’d tackle the magical unit of measure known as a watt and a few of the important terms that surround it.
So, what is a watt?
On Monday I posted about the 3 reasons you SHOULDN’T run with music. To be fair, I’m going to show the opposite side of the table today.
Since I am firmly on the other side of the fence on this issue, I asked my teammates at Trisports.com if they ran with music and why. Most of them are on my side of the issue, but some had crossed over. They gave some great responses, so here are the 3 top reasons you should run with music (assuming it is a safe place to do so!!)
Cycling has been in the news a bit more than usual lately, and not in a good way. If you follow triathlon news you have probably heard about the athlete that was killed after being hit by a driver while competing in Ironman Boulder. My mom heard about that and she usually only hears triathlon news from me. I wrote a little while ago about how to stay safe on the road. That information is important, so if you haven’t read that post yet, go read it now!
In that post I give a few pointers on staying safe and I mention one specific app I use that gives my wife a little more peace of mind while I am out on the road. That is the Road ID app.
A good race plan is one of the most important pieces of a successful race. The more detailed the better. I write my plans for race day starting from the time I wake up until I cross the finish line. (side note: that also helps my wife know how the day will go…). I include what I’ll eat, what I’ll drink… everything!
The core of what most people think of as a race plan is the pace you will race at and how hard you will push. To some extent, that is right. If that is all you have, that is better than nothing, but it would be best to be as detailed as possible.
For the bike portion of this last race of the season, I have really started to get the hang of bestbikesplit.com. If you are not familiar with the program, Best Bike Split uses some pretty nifty, advanced math to predict race times based on aerodynamics, weather, and power, among other variables. I have been using the free version of the software since it came out a few years ago and it has been fairly spot on.
Here are some ways BBS has helped me make my race plan:
Ask my wife. She’ll tell you. The thing that makes her the most nervous with my training is my outdoor ride. Why? Traffic. Every cyclist has experienced it at some point in their training. Getting buzzed by a car, the dreaded right hook, or the impatient pass in the left lane that almost causes a crash.