At Transition we fully utilise the power duration curve. Today we would like to explain one area in which we use the curve to fine tune and individualise our training/racing approach.
When a new rider comes to us we link them to our coach edition Training Peaks account and then sync this account with WKO4. The first thing we do is look at the shape of the curve but why do we do this ?
The shape of the curve gives a unique insight in to the physiological capabilities of the rider. So in a nut shell their strengths and weaknesses from the full data set.
In WKO4 the shape of the curve will categorise you either a sprinter, pursuiter, all rounder or TT steady steady state. The shape of the curve will help up establish the length of your FTP test. The riders with a steeper curve sprinter, pursuit rider will be tested over a longer duration 50 minutes. An all rounder 30 minutes and Tter 20 minutes. This helps us input the correct data in to the curve and really fine tune the testing process.
Once the rider has performed the full power profile we look at the curve again and the category the rider is now under. So for example a recent female client finished her PDC power profile and was categorised a Tter. She had moderate to high FTP but poor neuromuscular abilities. These riders can sustain power outputs for a long time and also have excellent endurance capabilities.
We now have a clear insight in to the unique physiological capabilities of the rider and can begin to plan forward. So the above rider is good at stage races, long rides, time trialling, climbing and any event which requires hard sustained efforts. This now takes the guess work out of our approach moving forward. We objectively know the strengths of the rider so let's double down on those strengths and make them excellent.
The key to success is when you create synergy between the capabilities of the rider and the demands of the event. The power duration curve and testing analysis helps us fine tune and personalise the approach we take to make sure we get the most out of you as a rider.