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Should you buy a power meter? After all, they aren’t cheap and the sport of triathlon is already expensive. You’ve spent a small fortune on bicycles and all of their assorted and costly components. And don’t forget the entry fees, travel to races, special foods and nutrition, and on, and on, and on. 

So why should you get a power meter? The short answer is that you simply are more likely to achieve your race goals by training—and racing—with a power meter than without. It is the most affective tool you can get to go faster on a bike.  Here are some things to look for when you're looking for a power meter, from DCRainmaker.com.

 

Power Meter Placement

There are four main areas that we see power meters placed today:

  1. Rear wheel
  2. Crank spider
  3. Crank arms
  4. Pedals

Features and Functionality

Now that we’ve covered where each unit goes, let’s talk about the features that the power meters on the market have today:

 

Total Power (Watts):

This is the obvious one – every power meter has this today (even fake ones!).  This is simply measuring and transmitting your total power output to a head unit of some type.

 

ANT+ Support:

Another relatively obvious one, every power meter on the market today except the Polar/Look solution has this.  This allows you to use one of dozens of different head units out there. 

 

Bluetooth Smart:

Bluetooth Smart (or BLE/BTLE for short) is the relative newcomer in the market.  As it stands today, the only unit offering this is the Stages power meter – which offers dual ANT+/BLE.  PowerTap has recently announced they plan to offer interchangeable caps for it as well.  And while not quite as ideal as dual, the interchangeable caps makes a lot of sense going forward. 

 

Estimated Left/Right Power:

This became all the rage over the last 18 months or so, starting with the SRAM/Quarq RED unit offering left/right power.  That platform works by essentially splitting your crank in half and assuming that any power recorded while pulling up is actually coming from the left side, whereas pushing down is from the right side.  Thus, an estimation.  It’s good, but not perfect. 

 

Actual or True Left/Right Power:

This is limited to units that can measure your power in more than one location.  Thus why we see it on pedals, as well as the more expensive crank-arm based power meters.  You can’t measure it directly at the spider, instead you have to measure it upstream of that.

 

Pedal Smoothness & Torque Efficiency:

These two metrics are just making it into the high-end power meters which contain true left/right power measurement.  Today that’s only the Rotor and Pioneer units, but Garmin has stated they’ll be adding it down the line via firmware update.

 

Battery Swapping:

All but one unit on the market today (SRM) supports battery swapping by yourself.  SRM requires you to send it in.  The remainder of the units out there today utilize a CR2032 and similar coin-cell batteries. Most get between 200 and 400 hours of run-time before you simply replace the battery.

 

Calibration options:

All units on the market today support some sort of calibration function, though to what extent is what differs.  Some have numerous options (i.e. Quarq with an app allowing you much further access), while others are more black-box (i.e. Stages and Polar).  For the most part, your primary concern here is really that some sort of calibration occurs, and that you can trigger it to happen on demand. 

 

For more in-depth research and comparison on the different power meters on the market today read the blog post by DCRainmaker: http://bit.ly/1jXoull

 

Avid runner and organic health writer at runonorganic.com, Jesica Salyer tells us about her experience with the EnduroPacks Vitamin and Mineral Replacement System while training for her first marathon. 

Jesica says, "I’ve noticed that I can maintain the rigorous running intermixed with lots of moves like lunges, squat jumps, push ups and burpees without getting sore and requiring a full day of rest. I believe EnduroPacks have helped minimize my recovery time and fuel me up properly.

Jesica Salyer From RunOnOrganic.com

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The following product review appears on Fitegg.com , a triathlon gear review site. They have reviews on running shoes, road bikes, and swim equipment and many others as well.

FitEgg says, "EnduroPacks has created a mixture of products specifically designed to help you meet the demands of serious training. The component parts have been researched and formulated to ensure they work together. Even more helpful to many of us... your monthly supply is delivered directly to you... so if you’re one of the people that frequently forgets to take your vitamins or forgets to buy more when you run out, this could simplify your life."

 

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In order to run 26.2 (or even 13.1) miles without hitting 'the wall', you’re going to need to eat something to refuel along the way. Most runners have resorted to popular Gels or chews, which are often consumed repeated over the course of your run and have the benefit of being easy to transport.  But as you likely know, these products can be overly sweet and gooey in consistency. Increasingly runners are seeking alternatives to these overly sweetened products, like natural foods which are less likely to cause bodily issues such as GI issues. 

The trick is to find foods which are a source of carbohydrates and protein, yet are relatively easy to transport. Also, try to keep your carb intake during each hour of a long run between 30-60 grams per hour, so once you find some real foods that work for you, tally up the total carbs to make sure you are taking in enough. 

Here are a list of some alternative carbohydrate fuel sources for runners:

  • Large banana — 121 calories, 31 grams carbs
  • Fig cookies: 2 each — 198 calories, 40 grams carbs
  • Small box of raisins:  — 123 calories, 33 grams carbs
  • Sliced apple — 77 calories, 21 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber
  • Low-fat bagel — 128 calories, 19 grams carbs
  • Hard pretzels — 108 calories, 23 grams carbs (Hint: grab the extra salty kind if you’re a salty sweater in need of extra sodium.)

It is important for runners to realize that as they sweat, they not only lose water from their bodies, but valuable minerals that need to be replaced in order for the body to continue to function properly.  Mineral replacement during a long run is essential for the body to continue to process the fuels necessary to perform at increased levels of intensity.  Sodium and potassium are minerals most associated with electrolyte replacement products, but there are numerous other minerals in the body essential for proper bodily function and performance that should be replaced. 

Athletes need at least 13 of these electrolyte-forming trace minerals to have the body function properly. And you can’t just buy these minerals in a store and put them into your food or take them as a supplement. They need to be in just the correct amount to: 

  • Help the brain function properly,
  • Heighten concentration and alertness,
  • Boost energy levels
  • Provide support to strengthen the immune system
  • Enhance the uptake of vitamins and proteins and other minerals you are digesting, such as amino acids and proteins, which help athletes recover following exercise
  • Help to re-establish healthy alkaline Ph levels, which is necessary in the body for it to stay healthy

You can find out more about the how athletes can benefit from mineral replacement and the trace minerals found in our concentrated electrolyte spray in “Fueling For Peak Performance", by Nina Anderson (SPN). To obtain a copy, write us a request at info@enduropacks.com.  Or visit our website at www.enduropacks.com . 

 

 

 

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