When a cyclist starts on a training program, there's an expectation that their training will yield improvements. They should get faster, climb better, become more efficient, or finish higher in the standings. But other than those end goals, how do you measure cycling training improvements in the middle of a training block? And more than that, why would you want to measure cycling training improvements during a training block?
Evaluating your training performance during a training block is hugely important to planning your next blocks of training. If you don't know how your current program is affecting your fitness, how can you adjust it to make further improvements? If you're not improving enough or worse, detraining due to lack of volume or intensity, you need to know that as soon as possible.
Additionally, measuring your improvement during a training block will give you a good idea where you stand in relation to your goals. If your power numbers are way down or your aerobic decoupling is poor, you know there's work to do before you can be competitive. It's sort of a benchmark on the path to your benchmark.
With the “why” out of the way, let's get down to the “how”. Click through the jump to listen to this episode of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast and learn how to measure cycling training improvements in a ton of different ways.