So I’ve been riding more often in the mode where I’m looking at the metrics rather than the graph. Its interesting looking at the kCal counter incrementing as you ride and seeing how the pace of the number change goes up and down as the intensity of the intervals change.
On the podcast they have been talking a lot about how often racing boils down to an eating competition. So…
I think TR could help make riders faster if that number kCal was rendered into rate of calorie burn (kCal per min), and then that burn rate provided on the screen as a minutes per foodstuff. As riders are training at different paces they would then be able to develop an feel for how much then need to eat to maintain at a given pace. The most obvious food choice would be the 100cal gel. and Since its a 100cal it would be easy to scale for other food stuffs.
So basically what you’d end up with is a number on the screen that would tell you how minutes it takes to burn a gel at whatever pace you’re currently riding. I think that kind of training would help riders be more methodical in their fueling.
I know the burn rate can actually exceed the rate at which you can digest the gels, so maybe it would make sense to have the number flat line at that point. Or maybe you just let it run and riders would have to know that at some point they’re drawing from stores that cannot be replaced in real time. Good info too.