Snowing today, about 12cm by lunchtime. It probably won’t hang around too long lower down but a good top-up for higher up the mountain.
Emily has a permanent base in Tignes now as her training is so intense, we went up there on Wednesday to pick her up for a couple of days back at home and took the opportunity for a quick skin and ski.
Emily was being lined up to take part in the first downhill race of the season, but she was pulled out as she’s only just got her first pair of downhill skis and has only competed in Super G previously.
I’m still fiddling around with my new Garmin Vector Power Meter, my latest bit of kit, which has taken me on a one-way trip to Geeksville, and I’m past caring.
I had to get a new Garmin 810 bike computer to go with it as there are so many more ways of analysing and displaying the power data and cutting it with all the other data. It’s a data fest these days, but power is king – what you are putting through the pedals is the only real, unequivocal method of testing your progress.
That’s what it says on the box, anyway, but the pros have bought into it too. Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are big fans and you can’t really argue with the results they’ve had from basing their performance on power output ahead of any other data.
You might go out on a regular route, beat your best time and think you’ve surged forward in your training, but it might be that you had a 20mph tailwind for most of the ride. The power data would tell you whether your time was worth celebrating.
To figure out the levels that you’re working at, or working towards, you first need to gauge your maximum threshold power, which requires 20 mins of eyeballs-out maximum chuff.
Then you can start working out the power bands that you need to be working within across stages of a race, which helps to avoid common mistakes like going too hard at the start of a race and burning out early.
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