Power to the people
No longer just a luxury for pro riders and dedicated amateurs with deep pockets, power meters are now a widely accepted tool for those who want to improve their fitness
While heart rate measures your body’s response to a workload, power meters show the workload you’re putting out, or how hard you’re pushing on the pedals. This will help you to track and measure your progress over time far better than other training tools.
Back in the day you had only a couple of options when it came to buying a power meter and they didn’t come cheap. But the big players like SRM, now have competition from other brands such as Stages and 4iiii, which has driven prices down. They’re still not exactly cheap, but there are now enough options out there to fit nearly every bike and funny bottom bracket standard, making them much more accessible.
Using a power meter means you can make every ride count, providing information of what training works best for you, for example cutting out junk miles, and blasting some efforts is a great way to improve your overall fitness. With access to a mine of ride and race data to pour over, if you’ve slipped off the pace, or not had the fitness to hang on, you’ll be able to make an accurate judgement and adjust your training accordingly.