Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

power is an in­cred­i­ble tool for anal­y­sis. I use Stages Power me­ters on ev­ery bike. But power is not a phys­i­o­log­i­cal marker that gives any in­for­ma­tion about what is go­ing on in­side your body. Based on ex­pe­ri­ence and test­ing, power can be used in­cred­i­bly ef­fec­tively to drive in­ten­sity, espe­cially for shorter in­ter­vals, but you should be al­ways ready to ad­just based on your body’s re­sponse. In longer, 10–20 minute work­outs, I look more to heart rate and res­pi­ra­tory rate as an in­put to drive in­ten­sity, and look at power as an out­put for per­for­mance Kge­off kabushf and anal­y­sis af­ter­wards.

tech­nol­ogy-wise, i have been us­ing a power me­ter on all my bikes since early 2014, on my road bike, my moun­tain bike and my fat bike. Take ad­van­tage of tech­nol­ogy to man­age train­ing and make sure when you go easy, you’re re­ally go­ing easy. I’ve used Train­ing Peaks for the past three years. It’s just pro­fes­friendly.{ raphaël gag­nén sional enough and user-

some­thing that i have found very use­ful is a site like Strava and a good bike com­puter with gps. These have made the big­gest im­pact for me in the past few years. I am in new cities a lot. Be­ing able to map out good train­ing routes fast – and then head out the door af­ter an easy up­load – makes my life much eas­ier. (ryan an­der­sonf

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