As some of you know I recently acquired an SRM power meter. I like it very much especially since a world of wheels is open to me now. Tonight I performed a 5 minute test on a local hill that is 1.5 miles and about 6% grade. I felt great and started the climb at about 360 watts and was holding that steady. I was a couple of minutes into the effort and still felt good so I pushed a little more. When the grade started to give way I shifted up a gear and brought the power back up. I eventually had to stand to keep the power up and was in the 400+ range. And then….I ended my effort THINKING I had gone 5 minutes. Well the SRM has a feature where it scrolls certain data on the top line. I mistakenly ended my effort at 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I was feeling really stressed but I think I had another 30 seconds at least at over 340 watts.
Below you will see a screen shot from Training Peaks wko 3.0 software (the BEST software for analyzing power data) showing my 4:30 Peak Power 😉 My average was 348 watts or 5.2 w/kg (more on 5.2 w/kg below)
The reason I’m so bummed is because I was on target for hitting 5.2 w/kg in the 5 minute test which would put me on the very edge of Cat 2. I will have to try it again soon. I have already changed the setting on the SRM so that in the INTERVAL mode I don’t have the data scrolling I will just have time!
all for now….
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