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Energy Lab Advanced: How to bike faster outside and inside

In a recently reposted Triathlete Mag article, I explored the idea of going faster (outside) on the bike with less effort. Specifically, we looked at the effects of power, weight, and aerodynamics and how each factor contributes to speed. You can read an excerpt and link over below:

What is a realistic way to compare riders of different weights and genders? How can one person complete a course in record time with numbers that would barely propel another person across the course? Speed is affected by a number of factors— mainly power, weight and aerodynamics—which all come into play to determine how fast you’ll finish a course. Read More

What we didn’t have room for in the word count was which variables riders should focus on indoors to ensure  they’re ready to give their best efforts outdoors. Here are four things we see riders doing wrong indoors that take away from their outdoor performance:
Worrying about speed – Your speed reading is based entirely on wheel speed. Therefore, you ‘could’ put it in the big ring, take off all the resistance, and easily ride 30 MPH, just like Evelyn Stevens.

Forego the fan – Your ability (or inability) to dissipate heat is robbing you of tons of potential watts. Therefore using a fan is doing your numbers a favor. Don’t believe me? Here is a better explanation of why you  should use a fan indoors

Chasing a friend’s power targets– Hitting your friends numbers may be unrealistic, and if you manage to target their watts, you may go much faster, or slower. See linked triathlete above for a better explanation of how power, aerodynamics, and weight relate to one another

Not ride– Not trying to be captain obvious here, but you have to ride your bike to maintain or improve your cycling. Give yourself some grace if you return after time off and preemptively turn down your FTP before class starts. Once you become consistent again, you may be surprised at how quickly you regain your strength!

 




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