So, I’ve been doing TR for a few months now…with one month off due to life, but I’m back in the saddle. I ride on a local trail about 1-3 per week. My 8 year PR stood until I started doing TR and now it has fallen 8 times in the last 3 months! I’ve knocked nearly 2 minutes off my PR from 28:42 to 26:48 (and I’ve effectively topped out my 1x10, 30t.
Tuesday I broke my PR by about 9 seconds and I would say I was pretty conscious about making powerful pedal strokes throughout the 4.5 mile loop. Sometimes I find myself looking at the terrain, thinking about gear shifts, braking point, etc. and I realize I’m soft pedalling.
Do you have any strategies for making power on your MTB rides/races? I’ve done 2 local Wednesday night series races and finished 4th and 3rd (cat 3) and honestly I didn’t think too much about making power.
I don’t have a power meter, but do have virtual power and while I know MTB doesn’t provide smooth power results, is there a way to measure the effort I’m putting in?
I guess what I’m really asking is how do you make the most out of your power out in the woods! I’m not a roadie, but it would seem to be easier to focus on making power, especially since you aren’t disrupted by standing up, pumping, cornering traction, dropper up/down, etc. (I’m not saying road cycling is easy!).
Thanks for any ideas you have!