From power tests to tracking CTL to monitoring perceived exertion, there are a variety of ways to see if you’re improving.
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Whenever I ask an athlete what they want to get most out of a training plan they almost always respond with, “improvement.”
I find that most athletes are highly motivated by the idea that with hard work they will yield gains. After putting in several weeks of work, people usually want some sort of metric to look at to prove to themselves that they have improved.
Here are some ways to measure improvements on the bike.
Related: Power Tests
The most common way to measure progress over time on the bike is via a power test. This test is usually a maximum exertion test and can be done in a variety of ways.An athlete can complete a set-time duration to measure power and see if they can improve the power for that time duration. An athlete can also complete a ramp test and see if they can get further along in the test the next time they attempt it. As long as the protocol stays the same from one test to the next, this can work to measure improvements.These tests can be difficult on some people because some athletes struggle to find exactly what their ‘best effort’ can be. Others athletes complain that […]
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