I just started using a power meter on my bike and have a quick question: How many Watts are considered good? i.e. A pro, A podium age grouper, A typical age grouper? As of now the number seems meaningless as I'm looking at it in a vaccum.
Any thoughts would be very helpful.
It really depends on how big you are since a bigger rider will need more watts to maintain a given speed due to his larger cross sectional area and mass than a small rider. Take a look at this web site http://www.analyticcycling.com/, where it has some tools to help predict required power plus buy the book "Training and racing with a power meter" by Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan.
Have you checked out Joe Friel's free resource on training with power?
There's a section that refers to the resource Time Lord mentioned as well.
It reads: "... if you're good with numbers and want to be precise, go to http://www.analyticcycling.com and check out the "Power, Given Speed" link.
This will guide you through the process of determining what power you'll need to maintain a given speed while taking into consideration air density, frontal area,
drag coefficient, and other variables."
Sara Cox Landolt
lots of good info out there. as stated above. the key thing (well 2 things) is:
~ to make sure your testing correctly. so that your zones are set up as accurately as possible.
~then focus more on what YOU can do and can not do. focus on your personal improvement by taking small steep toward you goal.
if you only think about your long term, this is where i would like to be, goal you'll get very frustrated and most likly not train properly.