As an Ultra Cyclist it’s rare that I will ever win a race by sprinting 😉 My greatest strength in Ultras is my ability to hold medium range wattage for long periods of time. But I often wonder if all the long miles at a steady state is enabling my fast twitch muscle fiber to die on the vine. So to prevent that I will do random sprints and surges during my ride. Yesterday, while “chasing cars” as I call it, I hit a max of 1099 watts and held 1038 watts for five seconds. As far as I can tell that is a Personal Record.
On my second ride of the day, later that evening, I actually hit 1023, 1049 and 1001 watts from standing starts. It’s been a long time since I have been able to hit 1000 watts repeatedly during a ride– not since I was 10-15lbs heavier. I was also concerned that my recent weight loss included the loss of muscle mass or power. I have come down from 150 lbs to about 146 lbs in the last two months. It is nice to see that I can still produce max power numbers the same as when I weighed 160 lbs.
I have included charts from Training Peaks WKO. Below you will see the graph for the entire ride, the detail of the 5 second peak power and the Power Profile Chart. The Power Profile Chart shows that even with a 1038 watts 5 second peak power yesterday I’m still only mid-way into Cat 4 potential.