As an ambitious hobby cyclist, I ask myself from time to time how fit I actually am! How good is my form compared to last season? How good am I compared to other cyclists?
After all, fitness or the state of training changes all the time … Actually, the form should continuously improve, especially if you train specifically. But due to illness, injuries, bad weather, lack of motivation or lack of time for training, it naturally also decreases again and again.
So far, I have always refrained from measuring my performance with a power meter. The parts were simply too expensive and the installation too complicated. That’s why I’ve always tried to judge my training status on the basis of my pulse rate, speed or simply my body feeling. But since the pulse rate in particular depends on many other factors such as excitement, stress, infections or daily form, this value is not really useful. In addition, the pulse always reacts with a delay to the performance achieved.
The comparison with average speeds of other riders is similarly pointless! It makes a huge difference which route you ride. Depending on the road surface, altitude, traffic situation, temperature, wind strength and direction, the difference is huge, even if you are riding the same equipment. That’s why average speed is usually useless as a comparative value. The only thing that is clear and comparable is the performance achieved!
In the meantime, Garmin pedals are available for less than 700 euros; still a lot of money, but hopefully worth it! Let’s see!
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