Triathlon Training Tip: Training with Power

Life Time Tri coaches Troy Jacobson and Lance Leo discuss the advantages of cycling with a power meter versus a heart rate monitor.

Many triathletes have experienced the frustration of not pacing themselves on a training ride and exhausting themselves too early. Measuring your performance is key for a successful training season, and a general solution is to use a heart rate monitor to keep a steady pace throughout your workout.

A smarter alternative to this is using power on the bike in the form of a Stages Power Meter. Located in the left crank arm, the advantage of using a power meter is it allows you to immediately know the output of how hard you are working. When using a Stages Power Meter, your watts, RMP’s and speed are immediately delivered, giving you the opportunity to adjust your effort mid-ride.

The disadvantage of using a heart rate monitor is that it provides a delayed response, and therefore you might work “harder” for too long while out on your ride or on your stationary trainer. With a power meter, you have the benefit of pacing yourself right from the start, so that you can getting the maximum benefit from your training ride. The Stages Power Meter also has the ability to be transferred from your stationary trainer to your road or triathlon bike.

By being able to receive immediate feedback on your performance on the bike is crucial for a successful training and racing season, and a Stages Power Meter just might be the tool to help you snag your next PR.