Normalised Power/Average power

Hi all
Can someone explain to me what the difference is between Normalised power and Average power
Thanks in Advance
Regards Phil

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Hey there and welcome to the TR community!

In short: average power is a simple reflection of what you actually did during a ride, including coasting. Normalized Power approximates what you could have done with that same level of effort, had you ridden at a perfectly steady pace.

The overall average power of hard races and sprint workouts can be surprisingly low because much of the time between tough efforts is spent coasting or soft-pedaling. Normalized Power is designed to account for this fact. It reflects the disproportionate metabolic cost of riding at high intensity by weighting hard efforts and deemphasizing periods of easy spinning.

You can read more about it in this article:

Hope that helps clear things up – feel free to let me know if you have any additional questions!


Brilliant thanks very much
Regards Phil