As more and more indoor bikes arrive equipped with power meters, the quest for ways to use this new tool can be frustrating. I’ve witnessed everything from a mega-complicated threshold drill with convoluted calculations to extremely simple and very wrong applications of watts, best described as WTF (not an acronym for watts per threshold test or anything remotely appropriate).
This three-part series will not include a laborious expedition into the minutiae of the newton meter. This series will not delve into the physiology nor physics of power production and sustainability. If you desire to be dazzled by the uber-science of the joule, there are a multitude of resources to obtain such joy, including Cycling Fusion; Stages Indoor Cycling; Joe Friel; Andy Coggan, PhD; Hunter Allen; and more.
So what are we going to discuss? Three simple methods for incorporating power into your classes so that everyone, from the weight-loss conscious fitness enthusiast to the outdoor cyclist, can participate and have fun.
Read Power to the Masses, Part 2 here. Understand whether FTP testing is practical for your riders.