Over the week end, a few of the lads were talking about their power profiles and speculating what sort of rider they may be. Some of them it was clear… My mate Ciaran is a climber through and through, Johnny is a workhorse over 5 hours plus… but a couple of the others weren’t sure. Me being relatively new (just under 12 months now) to the bike scene, i had no idea.
So Im trying to understand my power curve and where my strengths and weaknesses may lie.
Am I able to see a few more power curves from you guys so i can get an understanding what my natural strengths may be, and what I need to focus on?
For context, ftp of 240 and weight of 72kg puts me about 3.3w/kg i believe.
It is fun to look at power curves but as a new rider you’ll want ride a lot before you really look too deeply into the numbers. If you haven’t done an all out 5/20/60/etc minute efforts then there’s not much value in looking at power at those specific durations. As an example, my graph shows 322w for 20 minutes but I’ve never actually tried to hit max power for 20 minutes. I was just curious if I could do it so I set my trainer at 325w and used erg mode for 20 minutes. My true max would be a bit higher than that, maybe one day I’ll set it for 335w and see what happens. If you haven’t tried to max out at each specific duration then you could come to a conclusion too quickly as to what ‘type’ of rider you are.
Unless they have permission from the owner*, it’s still a copyright violation.
*Not sure who that might be - I learned recently that Outside had sold the now-defunct VeloPress, but I don’t know if that included the rights to TRWPM (although probably, since at >100k copies sold plus multiple translations, it was one of their more successful titles).
Thanks for all of your messages and thoughts guys, it was really interesting to look through your data, as well as on intervals.uci. super interesting platform, i’ll try the trial and may sign up if i enjoy sifting through the deets.
According to Intervals.icu, i’m in the 90th percentile for 5s power, and about 50th percentile for just about everything else. So its good to know that i need to work on everything except my peak power .
Kicking off base II this week so looking forward to seeing some more newbie gains!
Studying your power curve can be useful for understanding what your strengths and weaknesses might be as a rider based on what you’ve done so far in your riding career.
As @K42 mentioned, it’s important to think of these numbers as strengths or weaknesses only if you’ve done an honest all-out effort for those durations. Since it sounds like you’re a newer rider, make sure to keep on turning those pedals hard in different scenarios you find yourself in to get the best data possible.
Beyond that, I’d also like to echo the notion that just because you may look stronger at certain parts of the power curve than others, that doesn’t mean you can’t improve those weaknesses! It can be tempting to categorize yourself as a sprinter/climber/etc., but as amateurs, we can make solid gains across the entirety of the power curve by focusing our training on those durations.
Here are a couple of TR Blog articles we have discussing how to use your power curve: