The critical power represents the highest sustainable power without suffering fatigue and in theory, the maximum power a person can sustain for several hours.
We will now look at the various tests, the way they are performed and the meaning of the data obtained.
Now that we have clarified the “why” of the test we will look at the “what” to measure and with “what instruments”.
Cycling has always been considered an endurance sport and therefore mainly aerobic, but in modern cycling, especially at the higher levels, other energy systems are in play that require important muscular and neuromuscular efforts.
While we are all familiar with that feeling of muscle soreness the morning after a day of intense training, few of us know its exact metabolic cause.
The most advanced devices also provide other extremely sophisticated data which are more difficult to interpret.
bFTP, sustainable power output threshold, Aerobic Threshold and Anaerobic Threshold.
How to interpret volume, intensity, quality, and cadence?
It’s no news that physical activity is beneficial for mind and body but there's a difference between aerobic and anaerobic workouts.