i’ve been reading as much as i could but between my general ignorance about bike components and never actually have had a power meter (on a ‘real’ bike), i can’t really wrap my head around the topic.
Also, asking TR support about using one with a Garmin for outdoor workouts did not clear my doubts.
So: i just upgraded an old Epic 26 that gave up the ghost to a fairly current (6 months old) Scott spark RC Comp (the cheaper build, still full carbon). It comes with a basic Sram NX group. My main doubts:
I could get Garmin one side pedals for about €600, change group to an XT with either single side or double side cranks for about €600 and €750 respectively (Stages) or all the way near one grand for spider options, double sided Garmin pedals or Rotor 2InPower. Am i right in assuming all this? What would be the better option? Are there others?
Completing outdoor workouts now, with just a Polar, i can pair them with a programmed workout and get the corresponding PL; as for TSS, i get it from HR. Using a Garmin with a powermeter would just add a more accurate TSS form the power data or would it also give the right PL from what i actually did? I mean, if i add an hour of tempo work outside with a PM and a Garmin, will TR add the corresponding PL for the extra tempo work?
So far i tend to use the trainer for VO2Max or shorter interval workouts and swap outside rides for longer interval workouts, like threshold etc. In this scenario, not having a PM is not that great of a deal and HR helps me enough. But especially with a better bike now, i’d like to ride more outside so wonder if a PM will enable me to swap more workouts outside and still be productive. It’s quite an expense to then find out it does not quite work as i thought.
Thanks a lot for all the input and help,