Fun workout, eh Jeff? I blew myself to bits last week with that oneKERKOVEJ said:</a>
The answer to that is going to depend largely on the priority you place on becoming the best (as measured in speed, power, race results) cyclist within your reach. Even with a power meter there is a steep initial learning curve and to get the most out of the PM and speed up that learning process you'd want a coach to go with it.lukewiens said:to further expand on the OP's question...i am curious about this, maybe those of you who currently is power as a training tool can chime in?
can you weigh the cost of investment on the feedback gained from power as a training tool?
i know for a bunch of us broke @sses reluctant to pull the trigger...how would you prioritize power after the fact? versus say, heart rate, etc.
put yourself in our shoes (the broke @sses) and weigh in on that ~1k investment.
super curious....thanks in advance!
Cost depends on how many bikes you plan to train and race on, and how willing you are to do specific workouts without the power. Most likely, you're going to need to outfit two bikes with power - a MTB and a road bike, which will run you about $5k to get the good stuff. If you have other bikes you like to race and train on, you are eventually going to outfit them with power, too.lukewiens said:can you weigh the cost of investment on the feedback gained from power as a training tool?
You are right, all of this stuff is highly individual. There's lot's of racers out there who are freakishly good and have never seen or heard of a wattage device and maybe don't even own a watch.lukewiens said:so i guess maybe share your experience of before and after? the contrast between where you were before training with power and the gains/improvements you saw after? and how much of a financial impact did it have given your personal situation?
That is one of the great uses for a power meter on the mountain bike. I've personally used my power meter to pace myself for success in 24 hour races and marathon/100 mile races. It really helps when you can pace yourself on the long climbs and flats to keep yourself from dipping into the anaerobic zone and burning through your matches.HatTrick said:I would love to have a power meter during an endurance mountain bike race. Because the efforts are longer and smoother, I think having a power meter in an endurance race would be the ultimate weapon. It is essentially a 5-8 hour (or longer) breakaway. Definitely late in a race when you are feeling sorry for yourself it can be a very potent motivator for you to peg it right at the level you know you can, probably collected from a nice long tempo ride or previous races. This is how I use my PT for climbing and in breakaways in road races. If I did more than one endurance mtb race a year, this is the first thing I would invest in for upgrading my mountain bike.
First there's the crank and BB limitations - but those are manageable.strader said:What about SRM? They go for pretty cheap on ebay these days. Are they not durable enough for mountain bike use?