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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

3 3 2010 Power Profile Test



Today I did a Power Profile test to see where I stand as a cyclist. This was based on the book "Training and Racing with a Power Meter", also of note the chart and test in this book is geared towards athletes younger than 30 years of age. This is because at around age 30, VO2 max declines a little every year and by age 50 muscle strength and power decline. In any case the test and explanations can be found from pages 61 to 71 of the book, with a chart on page 64 where you can plot your power profile based on your weight (174 lbs or 79 Kilograms) and watts resulting in watts per kilogram (power to weight ratio). Test on the bike followed this protocol:

-20 minute warm up with fast pedals
-5 minute all out effort pushing hard last 45 seconds
-10 minute rest at endurance pace
-1 minute all out
-5 minute rest at endurance pace
-1 minute all out
-5 minute rest at endurance pace
-15 second sprint
-2 minute rest at endurance pace
-15 second sprint
-10 minute cool down

After collecting the data and plotting it on the chart - the profile turned out to be an inverted "V". According to the interpretation from book, " A sharply inverted "V" pattern represents an athlete who has both relatively high anaerobic capacity and high aerobic ability, and who is thus well suited for events such as the pursuit. Alternatively, a potential "all-rounder" who simply hasn't focused on raising their lactate threshold to the highest possible level may exhibit this same pattern." It would be interesting to repeat this test during the season to see if the profile changes.

I never really thought of myself as a pursuiter, but it makes sense since I can get up to speed and maintain it for an extended period as indicated from the results here at Kissena Omnium results, (also see pursuit event chart above where I placed 12th) what kills me is repeatedly having to jump and recover and jump and recover, uhh pass the oxygen, wish I was 20 years old.

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