Power Training for Indoor Cycling Chapter 14: Translation & Interpretation (part 2)

Heart Rate is the Currency you Spend to Buy Your Power

By now, you’ve probably figured out that I am a big proponent of using all of the tools at your disposal, so the idea of training without a heart monitor just leaves too much information on the table. Why handicap yourself for something that is both easy and relatively inexpensive to measure?


  1. Excellent job, Gene! I can’t wait to read more.

  2. Glad you picked up on it as a good teaching tip – I think power can’t be properly interpreted without two pieces of information: How long did you hold that power for, and How close to T2 or high threshold were you during the effort. From that (plus their body weight) I can know a LOT about that rider.

  3. I love that analogy Gene about HR being what it cost you to produce big power. Good way to explain it to my class who have just moved into power measurement after only having HR measurement. Thanks!

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