The Power Couple: Combining Heart Rate and Watts

Measuring power in cycling has been all the rage for a number of years. Many of the athletes I train as a coach are enamored with the amount of watts they generate. The ability to measure power output for a given effort is an excellent representation of the amount of work being produced, but does it tell the entire story?

One of my clients logged two similar workouts and was excited to have generated the same average power for both. I commended her on a job well done, and then asked a seemingly odd question: “Can you tell me how much those workouts cost you?”

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  1. I tried each drill and the rider response was very positive.

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