“I hit 800 watts on that climb!”
“I was able to stay just under 275 watts the entire ride.”
While this may sound impressive (or unimpressive) to you, I want to take a moment and tell you why those numbers don’t matter and why you shouldn’t put too much weight into the fact your riding partner consistently rides 25 watts higher than you.
What information you should have on your watch face. The best answer is to have the data you’ll be using and the data you understand.
If won’t be using it, you don’t need it.
If you don’t understand it, you definitely don’t need it.
What do you usually fill your off season with? A crazy amount of time pedaling indoors on the trainer? A winter marathon? Most triathletes I know definitely aren’t swimming unless they have to!
There are a lot of ways to approach the winter months and we want to throw one more into the mix you may have not considered.
Will these numbers give you your exact time? Probably not because it’s not taking into account how well you do fueling and hydrating, how choppy the water may be, how wind will affect you on the bike and a thousand other factors.
But this will at least give you an idea of where you could fall time wise and when your family and friends can expect to see you to be ready to cheer!
Increasing your cadence is one of the quickest and easiest ways to gain some speed while running.
It'll feel fairly unnatural if you have a slow cadence by default, but as you keep your cadence high your body will become more efficient at a higher cadence.