Depending who you bump into you are sure to get a difference in opinion so here’s mine. I wont get down to the nitty gritty of the numbers but I offer some insight into the training tools i have.
I do feel I’ve become very astute knowing where my body is in training and racing but I could never be absolutely sure. That’s why over the last 3 years Ive made some investments in key training tools that work well for a part time athlete.
My wattbike has been one of the best if not thee best pieces of equipment i bought since getting into the sport. It for me has made my limited time riding during the week into 100% quality. I can handle 3 hours on the wattbike and for me its not a chore. It replicates the road and being in a controlled environment helps to hit each rep bang on. At least twice a week I am on my wattbike and I use the wattbike to test most of my athletes. Only recently I did a 3 minute test and done right will put you on the floor. I under estimated it and 3 minutes is one hell of a long time maxed out. Only riding 3 minutes will give you bang on training numbers. The 3 minute test is handy because sometimes the longer tests can be too taxing and take too long.With the built in tests and sessions and the ability customize it is a winner. I see these wattbikes popping up in most gyms so if they are in your gym dont ignore them!