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Championship Physiology/Power Profiling

Posted in Championship Physiology on June 30, 2009 by bethleasure

Rainbow Silhouettes

6“Data from the champion: the graph shows power (green), speed (pink) and cadence (blue)…after this fearless wild phase he remains pretty constant at a slightly lower level…” Analysis of TT power data




Winners are employing the latest technologies and methods to increase event-specific power. Training philosophies contrast as a basis for developing programs, such as race strengths, train weaknesses versus specialization. With the availability of mass-produced powermeters and power analysis, the debate deepens since distinguishing strengths and weaknesses is more accurate and ongoing. Data from pinnacle events in living color chart what it takes to compete in terms of champion physiology. Graphs can be evaluated in ever-increasing ways, such as an overlay comparing competitors in the same event or strategies to complete a single training interval within a targeted range. An advisor need never see the rider or the race to know critical physiological information useful for teaching someone how to train or explaining what effort worked in a race situation. Coaching and direction is increasingly a function of back office analysis and prescription, behind battle lines.

Fortunately, the power graph cannot replace real world race-side perception to make sound judgments about training and racing. Road crew and rider still enjoy the rainbow that comes after the rainy mountain pass even before studying the rainbow silhouettes of race efforts charted on a power graph. Various types of fitness, such as sprint, anaerobic, and lactate threshold power, necessary for road race success and tracked to the watt, lead to the pot o’gold. These outlines are full of information but are featureless without the human profile.

Power profiling – or testing to determine rank, progress and course requirements – still needs a champion heart to earn rainbow stripes.


Prayer re: Power Profile
“A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength; for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.” 7Proverbs 24:5-6


We celebrate the diversity of strengths utilized by road racing! We confess to paralysis via over-analysis. We ask for smarts to paint the colors of the power spectrum to intensify what has been naturally given from pale shades to bright hues.

Ponder Do I know my strengths and rankings among contemporaries? Affirm I work that data and make it work for me and team. Watch those trends striating the data to forecast future horizons.



6“Scientific Analysis of the Cycling Leg in the 2005 Hawaii Ironman Triathlon: Power Output, Cadence, and Speed,” Copyright © 2005

7The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society