The mark of a really serious triathlete or cyclist is the usage of a power meter. When the products first hit the market, only athletes with a sponsor could afford the price tag. Gear prices have dropped, but purchase and installation can still easily run close to $2,000. So when should would your training benefit from a power meter and is it worth waiting for prices of equipment to to drop? We decided to ask Hunter Allen, author of Training and Racing with a Power Meter those questions.
Paul Tyler: “At what point in a typical age-grouper’s triathlon training history would you recommend investing in a power meter? Hours on the bike each week? Personal training objectives?”
Hunter: “Personal objectives are a more important reason to start with a power meter. Anyone who is serious about improving is ready for a power meter. If your goals are more casual then it probably isn’t for you, unless of course you just love gadgets and numbers!”
Paul Tyler: “Prices on these devices have dropped significantly, but still remain out of reach for a number of triathletes. Do you expect any of the new technology like power meters embedded in pedals to dramatically drop entry price points in the near future?”
Hunter Allen: “I would love to say that yes, we will begin to see some price drops, but we haven’t seen that happen very much in nearly 10 years of power meter sales. The new Garmin/Metrigear pedals have the potential to be ‘disruptive’ to the market place, but I am not sure if they will take that risk on a niche market.”
For more information about Hunter’s book, go to: http://www.active.com/triathlon/Articles/5-Sports-Books-for-Endurance-Athletes.htm