Weighted Average Power
One of the coolest Analysis Pack features is the Fitness & Freshness graph, which lets you monitor your progress throughout a season and helps you recognize signs of overtraining. Training Load is an important part of this feature, which you can check out here!
Power Zone Distribution
Another cool use of power zones is for race analysis. Take a look at this file from a criterium race. The majority of the rider's time was spent in zones 1 and 7, which means the athlete was conserving energy in the peloton, but when they made hard efforts, they really made them count. Spending a lot of time making smaller efforts in zones 2 through 6 can leave you worn out during those crucial final moments of a race. Check out your Power Zone Distribution after your next race and try to maximize the time you spend in zone 1 so you have energy to make your moves up in zone 7!
Function Threshold What?
The most widely accepted method for determining your FTP is to do an all-out 20 minute effort, and then take the average power for that 20 minute interval and subtract 5%. Ideally, you should perform a new test every 6-8 weeks to track your fitness throughout the season.
1. Try to reproduce the same conditions each test – this means use the same stretch of road or always use the same trainer / rollers.
2. Make sure you are fresh (the previous few days should be light in terms of training load).
3. Properly warm up!
If you already have a power meter, Strava Summit can help you put it to work. Get the Analysis Pack and start checking off your goals.