I’ve just got a power meter and looking for some advice on how to get the best out of it.
The vast majority of my training to this point has been on a Tacx Vortex smart trainer, mostly in Erg mode. I’ve done a ramp test this morning using the power meter (Assioma Duo) with power match and found a 51 Watt (16%!) difference between my last test (only 3 weeks ago) and today’s effort, based on some outside rides based on RPE/HR and some playing with best bike split I did expect that the Vortex was over reading on power. I haven’t seen anyone else reviewing with than much discrepancy but I’m begrudgingly accepting it as more realistic.
I’ve got my first half distance triathlon in 8 weeks, does anyone have any top tips on how to get used to riding with a power meter outside:
Recommendations on how to set up the head unit display (3s power? 5s power? average?)
Best use for gearing for steady power and avoiding power spikes
How best to pace using power - the race is Outlaw X and the profile looks rolling with some short climbs
Would you recommend using best bike split (or other?) for a pacing plan?
Pacing out of corners/after a climb - do you get up to target power and then hold or get up to speed and then settle to power?
I’m very much a novice when it comes to riding outside, any tips and suggestions appreciated. I’ve got a few endurance and tempo rides planned as outside workouts in the next couple of months to get more used to being on the road.
Thanks in advance!