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December 9, 2014

Back to power

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The end of the year is here, for which I am grateful. It’s been one helluva year and there is still a hustle to get done, but I am excited for next year, because there is so much of awesome to happen.

Today we are going to focus on a sporting side and by the title of this post, you can tell, the goal is to be more powerful. As I sat down and reflected on 2014, it went pretty much the same as 2013. The same shortcomings came up and it was time to do something about it.

In the wise words of Hunter Allen, it was time to throw some money at the problem.

But let’s define the problem first.

Throughout my athletic career, I have been a diesel. Ironman suited my abilities perfectly, but as my interest in Ironman waned, and my interest in trails grew, it became apparent that I had a critical lack of 2 things to compete in the offroad game:

1. Start line speed.
2. Technical ability.

My technical ability has come on in leaps and bounds, and I am doing some skills clinics in January to improve that as well, but the critical problem was start line speed. Simply put, when the boys turn on the afterburners, I am left behind. Sure, by the time we are 30min into the ride, we are going to same speed, but they are putting minutes and minutes into me.

To cut the story short, I found the same at Xterra racing, which is one of my primary focuses for 2014. It is driving me crazy.

So, I employed the help of John Wakefield of Science 2 Sport coaching, who is an acquaintance and a trusted source of reliable information.

But I had to get a power meter, as its the most reliable form of measurement for us.

I am not going to explain the whole thing – you can read it here.

In order to measure what I am lacking, and gain the speed I need, I invested in a Stages powermeter, which you can read about here. The cost of power meters has come down significantly in the last few years, and the barrier to entry has come down quite a bit.

In short, it was time to give the reins over to someone who knows a lot more about this than I do, can push me harder than I can push myself, but I needed the tools to get all of this done.

I am not a sponsored athlete of S2S or Stages power, just to clear that up. What this post is, is an introduction to showing you some of the things I am learning from this, so that you can make the leaps I am hoping to make too.

To read up a little more on Stages here is a cool review of their product: http://road.cc/content/review/98411-stages-power-meter.

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