Power 411

Power Training Zones for Cycling

Friday, April 29, 2016 | By Andy R. Coggan, Ph.D.

Setting the correct power training zones is critical to improving as a cyclist or triathlete. Dr. Andy Coggan explains the system for setting zones, as well as how to determine your threshold and other variables that factor into training with power.  

What Is Functional Threshold Power?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | By Andy R. Coggan, Ph.D.

Knowing your Functional Threshold Power (FTP) is critical to accurately analyzing your workouts and seeing long term trends. While lab testing is the most accurate method to determine this, it is not feasible for many. A more convenient and possibly more accurate way of determining your FTP is therefore to simply rely on data collected using your power meter in the field.

The Power Demands of the Road World Championships

Thursday, September 24, 2015 | By Hunter Allen

The course for the 2015 Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia has several crucial sections that will make for a very animated race. Hunter Allen breaks down the course to show what a rider will need to do if they want to wear the Rainbow Jersey.   

Power Analysis: Ian Boswell's Stage 11 of the Vuelta a Espana

Friday, September 4, 2015 | By TrainingPeaks

Team Sky's Ian Boswell had an amazing ride during the Vuelta a Espana's epic Stage 11. With over 15,000 feet of elevation gain over just 85 miles, this stage was touted as one of the most difficult stages of any Grand Tour. Look at the power numbers he produced on his way to a 3rd place finish on the stage.

Power Analysis: Christoph Sauser's Leadville 100

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | By TrainingPeaks

The Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race is billed as one of the toughest mountain bike events in the world. Swiss mountain biker Christoph Sauser, a multiple time World Cross Country Champion and Olympic Bronze medalist, raced the 2015 edition placing third. Take a look at the amazing numbers he produced during this grueling one day race. 

How to Use Scatter Graphs in WKO+ 3.0

Friday, August 2, 2013 | By Hunter Allen

Scatter Graphs can give you a new look at your data. Use them to compare different data sets against each other. 

What Is TSS?

Sunday, January 1, 2012 | By TrainingPeaks

By using TrainingPeaks' Training Stress Score® (TSS®) system you can gain points for virtually any sport or activity. This allows any endurance athlete the ability to quantify their workouts based on their relative intensity, duration and frequency of workouts.

What is Normalized Graded Pace?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 | By Stephen McGregor, Ph.D.

Normalized Graded Pace (NGP) is defined and explained by the creator of its algorithm, Stephen McGregor. 

Quadrant Analysis

Friday, October 10, 2008 | By Andy R. Coggan, Ph.D.

Andy Coggan discusses Quandrant Analysis, a means of analyzing powermeter data files to obtain additional insight into the neuromuscular demands of a race or training session.  QA is available as a feature in WKO+ v3.0 as well as TrainingPeaks Premium.

Power Profiling

Friday, October 10, 2008 | By Andy R. Coggan, Ph.D.

Andy Coggan adds some objectivity to finding your strengths and weaknesses, by creating a "power profile" using your power data.  Find out how to compare your power to those of your competitors.

What Is A Match?

Thursday, October 9, 2008 | By Hunter Allen

A "match" is an elusive term used by riders, and coaches within the bike racing world. When you burn a match, you have done a hard effort.  It's an effort that in which you had to dig deep, or you had to really push yourself. Any bike racer knows what it feels like to have burned a match, but until now, no one has really tried to quantify a match.

How to Analyze Power Data in WKO+ 3.0

Thursday, October 9, 2008 | By Hunter Allen

Hunter Allen, co-author of Training and Racing with a Power Meter, walks through how to analyze a power file on TrainingPeaks WKO+ 3.0 desktop software.