What is the purpose of the model calculator?
The purpose of the model calculator is to allow users the versatility to observe their riding abilities in any environment. Simply input a projection for time and temperature of an effort and we will calculate both a power curve and power target for you. You can add as many curves as you want, for different time targets and temperature targets, as well as different date ranges by changing the "Date Range" menu in the upper left hand corner.
You can also check and uncheck curves from the report to display and hide them from the chart.
What is the model chart?
The model chart gives you calculated power curves for 10 degree ranges. We have provided curves for 50-59°F, 60-69°F, 70-79°F, and 80-89°F. For example: If you have done your best 20 minute power at 55 degrees, this will be reflected in the 50-59°F range. We recommend using this to get an overview of how you react to different temperatures.
Why am I missing a temperature range in my model chart?
Since we use real data to calculate your power curves, we cannot provide any estimates without at least 1 ride done in the provided range.
What are the columns in the calculate report?
Time: This is the time you plugged into the calculator.
Lookback: This is the date range that is currently selected. You can change this in the upper left hand corner.
Suggested Power Target: This is the calculated power target based on the time and temperature you provided.
Inserted Temperature: This is the temperature you provided above.
Peak Power: This is your best performance for the time range you provided.
Temperature at Peak: This is the specific temperature during your best performance.
% Change: This is the difference between the provided Power Target and Peak Power.
I used the model calculator to get a power target. Now what?
We recommend using the estimated targets provided to:
1. Make the most effective use of your training and protect against over-reaching.
2. Understand and account for additional fatigue in hot and cold temperatures.
3. See how you adapt to hot and cold temperatures as you ride through the summer and winter.
How can I ensure my model is accurate?
The more data you have in the temperature you are targetting, the more accurate the estimate will be. We recommend having maximal efforts in approximately a 5 degree range around your target.
For example: If you have a 20 minute TT effort and the temperature is going to be 80 degrees. Ideally, you should try some 20 minute maximal efforts around 78-82°F to get an accurate power target.
I don't have enough time to try maximal efforts in the recommended range. Should I still use the model calculator to target an effort?
In this case, we recommend that you use the temperature range chart below the model calculator to get a good sense of how you react to different temperatures. If you are seeing huge drop offs from 60-69°F to 70-79°F, the general intuition is that your target pacing should reflect this.