Newbie Powertraining Questions: Cycling Peaks vs New Power agent

Discussion in 'Power Training' started by Rob Havemeyer, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. Rob Havemeyer

    Rob Havemeyer New Member

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    To all:
    I'm new to power training with a recently purchased Powertap. Only 2 rides.
    I'm 39 and this summer was my first season racing. Ended the season pretty well with a number of top 5 places as well as my first win last month.

    My biggest questions are:
    1. Has anyone usd the new power agent software and compared it to cycling peaks? +/- 's
    2. Where can you find more complete information on using all of the functions of cycling peaks (ie set up work out comparisions etc.) without attending a seminar ?
    3. In your opinions what is the best guidelines or information to effectively set up my winter/spring training program. I don't mind working the training program details out myself but after I perform my critical power tests. 20min LT test plus establish CP.2 CP1, CP6, CP12 etc. What then ? It seems that between Joe F. and others much of the training program needs to be based on current fitness level/expected type of A events (road races,crits,TT's) and time to those A events and of course areas of weaknesses. I'm just at a loss for how to approach winter/spring training based on what seems like alot of general guidlines out there. Who has experienced a similar situation and how did you manage to develop your program? What things should I avoid and what advice do you have?
    I'm sure there is a fairly big learning curve to really understand whats going on week after week. But I'm just at a loss as to the interpretation of the data (TSS,CTL,ATL) and how to best utilize that infomation to improve my fitness level and performances in races.

    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. hammonjj

    hammonjj New Member

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    As far as the Poweragent software goes, if your a mac user, it sucks. It crashes often and is difficult to use; this coming from a man who does user interface design for a living.

    If I were you, I would suggest going with the cycling peaks software.

    There is a book called "Training and Racing with a Power Meter" or something of that sort. Very good info. Doesn't really assume much about your current fitness.
     
  3. Alex Simmons

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    You could consider engaging a coach who understands all this stuff.
     
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