Feb 19

Power Trip

So this happened yesterday…

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Yep. I bought a PowerTap.

I have spent the last two offseasons on the trainer using the TrainerRoad software which has given me the opportunity to train with Virtual Power. VirtualPower is essentially an estimate of your power output based on the trainer you are using and your speed/cadence sensor. It has been a huge benefit to my workouts so I decided to take the plunge and have the option to train with power on and off the trainer. Plus, now my power readings on the trainer will be accurate measurements rather than the Virtual Power estimates. And as a bonus, the wheel (which I got used from a teammate) even came with a Wheelbuilder AeroJacket for racing!

For all the other power heads out there, any advice for a newbie? I’ve already downloaded Golden Cheetah and got a copy of Training and Racing With a Power Meter to read. What else should I know right off the bat?

I am actually excited to do my first real FTP test, but probably won’t get to it until the weekend or even next week.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Scott

    This is my next major purchase, can I ask what everything cost? I keep thinking it cost as much as a new bike
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  2. Beth

    POWER!!! I have nothing else to add.

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  4. Jeff Irvin

    Going to send you my spreadsheet for tracking. I wrote LB to Kg conversion formulas — all geeked out.

  5. Matt Smith

    Heck yeah! That’s going to step up your training and racing. Congrats, bro!
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  6. Carolina John

    you got the power now brother. Good call.
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  7. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    F me…..now just another reason to get power……
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  8. Mandy

    I am jealous! I know nothing about it, except that it is cool!!!

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