It sort of seems that a power meter tells you how much you are doing/how much you are able to do. HRM seems to give an indication of how you are dealing with that level of exertion, maybe....makes sense, I have a friend who's done a sub 50 25TT, I asked why he doesn't use a HRM, he said I don't care what its reading I'm not slowing down..
Turbo Training & Heart Rates
HRM and a basic cycle computer will give you a very good and cost effective base for training on a turbo. HRM's have some lag so actual effort etc will not immediately show but they are still great tools. The HRM will give you an indication of input, Avg HR, then you have time and distance, output. Set your chosen HR zone and then off you go. Warmup and then reset the trip. Say in 30 mins you have travelled 13km before you then cool down. Repeat the same and you should see that for the same time and avg HR you will travel further. This shows your improvement. The turbo will give you the consistency that you will not get on the road/trail. The resistance will be the same each time which you will not get outside. Just be sure that the tyre pressure does not drift.
Training is about getting further for same effort or less effort to get the same distance.
I am not sure what trying to get to a higher HR is meant to achieve.
power meter is better than a hrm, which in turn is better then a cycle computer.
HRM and a turbo isn't a terrible way to train.
A speed sensor, an ant+ stick along with trainerroad will give you power measurements for not much cash. I believe it works well though can't really comment as I have a power meter. (You could probably work out approximations based on wheel speed too.) Better than doing turbo work based on HR. HR is ok but there can be quite a variance based on conditions and fatigue, and there is also a lot of lag.
I'm another one to the same. I have peaked at 201bpm on the bike, but max out on the turbo at 188.
I don't really use it to train with on the SF video's as it's perceived effort, but when i'm murdering myself on a static bike that's all I get. Doesn't bother me too much, it's still doing me good
.....in my haste to get something down I neglected to discuss cadence & power. Again, apologies for not reading the above............
Clearly, it depends on what your ultimate goal is. But it remains that power is King (let’s not do the power to wt ratio just yet) however it can be delivered (as we all know) by either churning a massive gear or high rpm.
As a starting point for your sessions, aim to maintain a background rpm of between 80-90. Once your body (mind more importantly) becomes conditioned to that output you can then start playing with power increase whilst maintaining that background rate. Ok, you/we can play with other sessions that target pure power, pure recover etc but that’s a whole different book.
You/we/I could all improve our cycling sessions by achieving and maintaining a sound background power output; I use 60mins as I have found this period of effort relates/synergises to a ‘typical’ MTB day out……I don’t get many.
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