Ask a coach: 'How can I tell if I should ignore my power meter and just go on feel?'

Although a potent training tool, there's much more you should consider than just your finite watts

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This is a great question as it sheds light on one of the great misconceptions of training with power: that power is the absolute be-all and end-all.

Power output is a brilliant way to monitor your training and performance. It gives you a measure which correlates nicely with performance. More power, more speed, more performance.

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James Spragg

Sports scientist and coach James Spragg is one of the experts who will be answering your questions in Cycling Weekly's ASK A CYCLING COACH series which comes out every Wednesday. Working both in research and applied settings, he currently runs Intercept Performance Consultancy

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