Q: Do you have a key workout or ride you do to see where your fitness is at? – T. Pitman
A: Not really. I know that coaches always say you should have a ride like this to do as a regular gauge, but I don’t. I have always shied away from this sort of a “test” because I am always so much better in a race than a personal time trial on my own. I’m just not always able rally the same sort of motivation and intensity alone as I can in a race. I just started implementing training with power this year and am using the SRAM Quarq power meter on my mountain bike and road bike with the Garmin 500. Despite my reservations and not being a huge numbers geek, I absolutely love it. These sort of numbers have been an awesome way to see average power numbers over the training months without having to do a specific time trial test on a designated course. I can see average 5 min and 20 min powers on races, training, and compare them over time.