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How do you measure your daily efforts?

August 27th, 2008

A little less technical on the topic matter today, but sometimes the daily discussion calls for it. I was on one of my daily training rides, which if you know me you know how much cycling I do. I realized that the vast majority of my rides occur alone, early in the morning, to accommodate my professional obligations. For my training I use a Powertap wattage meter that tells me exactly how hard I am working. It tells me the specific wattage output for each ride. There’s simply no hiding from the number on a daily basis or longer-term trends. I can immediately tell if I’ve been slacking on the ride, or over the longer term. I have specific long-term goals for my training.

Recently I have started racing a series of Crits, which involves a closed course with a grouping of 50 riders or more. It’s very tightly grouped and not for the faint of heart. One of the known technicalities in a group ride is that you can preserve your energy by riding behind others and let them do the majority of the work. The effort that I put out on a solo ride might average 225w for a 2-4 hour period. If I’m riding in a group and staying in the middle or back portion of the pack, I might only average 160-170w. However, I’m not one to sit idle in the pack. I’m either going to chase down the breaks or instigate a break of my own and try and go off the front. At a minimum, I’ll try and do a fair amount of pace setting. At the end of a 1-hour race pace I will ultimately put in an average effort of 290-310w. And yes, I will spend a little time recovering inside the pack.
You can see the difference in efforts. What energy and effort are you going to bring to the pack? Are you simply going to be pack fill? You know where I’m going with this…

In a professional capacity, how do you measure your efforts with your team and what energy do you bring as a leader to the group or what actions provide the example? Are you going to be on your game and are you going to continue pushing yourself and increasing your level of performance? It’s very seldom that others can prompt you to instantly change your approach, but with hard work and “professional training”, every member of the team is capable of increasing the performance of the group. While we don’t have wattage meters at our disposal at work, we do know when we’re “pack fill” and letting others do the work, or driving peformance. Which are you?

Thanks for reading . . . .

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