Customizing Ride Screens

Why go to the trouble of customizing the data you see on your computer based on different workouts? Simply put, I think it’s helpful to narrow your focus on the bike to the information most relevant to your current workout.

While some cyclists prefer loading their screen with every data field imaginable, research suggests you might be better off limiting the quantity of data you interact with while riding.

Tiers of Data

I find it helpful to think about cycling data in three tiers:

One – Immediate: This data is most helpful in real-time on our bike computer to help pace an effort. Examples would be speed, cadence, or power.

Two – Cumulative: This data guides or corrects the overall direction of a workout. This includes cumulative ride metrics like average power, distance, or kilojoules.

Three – Post-ride: This data is best left for post-ride analysis in TrainingPeaks. Any ride data that isn’t contributing positively to pacing an effort could be placed in this tier.

In general, the stronger your understanding of the training languages of power and RPE, the more of your ride data can be outsourced to post-ride analysis.

Practice displaying less on your computer screen so that you can invest more of your attention into your effort.

Training Zone Guide

Zone 3 – Tempo

“Tempo” might be the most worthless description for a general training intensity, but its widespread usage in cycling circles means we’re stuck with it. What does “tempo” mean exactly? Let’s jump in.

Zone 5 – VO2

Your VO2max is the maximal amount of oxygen consumed during progressive all-out exercise. In the weight conscious world of cycling, VO2max is most commonly discussed in relative terms scaled to a riders weight as milliliters of oxygen, per kilogram of weight, per minute of exercise mL/kg/min.