01.28.10 — Bike — The Power Meter Busted

Type: Steady State
Distance: 21.5 miles
Pace: 2:48 min/mile
Time: 60:36
Average Watts: 290 watts (What? No way…)
Average Heart Rate: 128 bpm
Total Work: 1,046 kJ

There must be a loose wire somewhere on my bike. There is no way I was averaging 290 watts for an entire hour. I am not that kind of rider. If I could keep up that level of power, I would have to grow a beard and get new friends. I would have to quit blogging because I would need to spend more time training for big bike races. I would get sponsors and you people could say, “I knew him back when he was just a lonely blogger…” There was something off. If I was at 290 watts for the hour, my heart rate would be much higher than 128 bpm.


I think I am going to take a quick spin on my Pro 300PT and see if this issue self-corrects. I love training with power and need to make sure my equipment is where it should be. It was a little frustrating this morning to kick up the bike and see 280 watts right off the bat. I knew there was no way that I was up at that level. From feel, I think I was at about half that. I was enough into my ride before I wanted to do something about it that I just kept going.

But, behold my awesomeness. If only it were true…


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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...