- Oct 25, 2007
DancenMacabre said:Are you sure about this whole pacing strategy for 1 minute rather than going all-out?
I have some doubts. Can most people actually sustain > 200% FTP? I know that I can't and have read that others seem to be similar. My 1-minute wattage number is over 250% of FTP. So by your suggestion, I'd have to be able to do a steady 250%+ FTP for 60 seconds? I cannot imagine it.
Have you done a one minute test lately? Which method do you use. I have a decent sprint (13+ w/kg) so for me I think my average is higher if I sprint very hard at the start. By the time I am finished I am about to fall off the bicycle
Dave Ryan has done 1 minute tests before and I think he uses the sprint all-out approach.
I should have expressed it a bit differently not to emphasize the pacing part. The points I wanted to make were:
- kilo pacing (or any distance what so ever) is not based on optimizing the average power but minimize the overall time. This approach may or may not result highest possible average power.
- to maximize the average power for a shortish duration like 1 min, you want to activate as much muscle mass as possible (say: stand as much as possible)
Activation of additional muscle when accelerating standing "all out" in the beginning of the effort (vs. seated paced effort) inflates the number so that it may lead to conclusion that all-out-die-at-the-end strategy results highest average power in all situations. (now it may be so or may not but I am not sure).
I haven't tested uphill 1 min max since last summer but I was clearly in worse shape than this summer and still it is ~100w more than standing start 1 MMP.
This is of course all very irrelevant but I'm having a flu and cannot ride the whole weekend so I discharge my frustration by writing very inessential and stupid posts. Please ignore
For testing it is better to select a procedure that has relevancy to the discipline in concern (1 min rarely is critical at all) and then standardize the test to have a point for comparision.