Mar 3: Day 19
Swim: 20 minutes of bands
I have to say, I never realized what a whole ‘nother level of fitness geek going power would be.
I got on my bike trainer so excited. I mean, REALLY excited folks. I’ve wanted a power meter for YEARS, and finally I was about to take my first ride with all the power metrics talking to me. Finally I could know how hard I was working, exactly.
Except, not exactly. At least not yet.
To figure out my zones I learned I need to do a few rides so I can calculate something called a Functional Threshold Power, or FTP. I can do it with one, but it will get more accurate with a few samples. Sounds easy right? I go to TrainingPeaks and look up how to do this. They have 6 methods. Six. The only automated one is with proprietary software that they want $150 for. Screw that.
So, after combing through all the other methods I was at least able to determine a starting FTP from my data, which I will continue to refine over the next few rides. Then I will start training to the zones. I really hope I am doing the right thing.
I did download a trial of that $150 software that lasts 14 days that will at least get me started. And I need a kickstart, because suddenly my fitness trackers are spewing all kinds of numbers at me: Current power. Average Power. Max Power. Power Intensity. Power Score. Average Power over specific periods of time. Power graphs. Etc.
I mean, I sort of understand what it IS, I just don’t really know what to DO with it all yet.
Hopefully as I go I’ll understand more of this stuff and it will begin to make sense. Meanwhile, I’m still totally excited, just a tad overwhelmed at the moment!