I'm sure this has been asked a million times, but I'm looking at buying an SRM, but am I wasting my money ? I am a late 40's sportive rider, who does some races and loves riding his bike.
I want to get fitter and better at all aspects of my bike riding, especially in the mountains - the thing that would help the most would be getting skinny I'm sure.
I have an HRM, but really just use it to see how hard its banging when I'm working hard, I don't want another screen to look at just for the sake of looking at it, but if training with power is the business, then it make sense.
Any thoughts guys ?
First step: training plan. Save the group rides for weekends or racing. I personally use a Wednesday hammerfest as a hard workout with the Cat 1s. If I can hang/pull with them and kill myself in the process, it makes for easier racing. I've been using Friel's book fairly successfully for the last few years.
Step 2: learn to ride according to your HRM. Easy days = easy. Hard days = truly hard. LSD rides should be within a certain range. etc.
Step 3: power meter. This is the spot where I am. I just don't have the $ for one just yet, so I make do with the HRM.