Contrary to the mantra I usually read on the internet (“your Outdoor Watts are usually higher than Indoor’s”) for me this doesn’t hold water and it is the very opposite. I acquired a PM in May to start tracking my outdoor power numbers and after a few iterations I am getting a few conclusions like:
- At 80% Max HR I can churn 65W more than at the same HR outdoors
Needless to say: it sucks.
I tend to observe that my HR readings are usually higher outdoors as well and I think this is impacting my performance considerably. The thing is: this is a problem that I don’t know how to address, so I am asking if someone has/had similar observations and how dealt with it.
Honestly I wished it was the opposite, but I can feel the performance improvements outdoors as well. But matter of fact I can’t hold my indoor FTP outdoors, limiting factor HR rate apparently.
To the equipment in question:
- Elite Direto XR
- Stages III Powermeter
- Wahoo Tickr
- Wahoo Bolt
I am fortunate to have two bikes, one that stays with the PM and the backup one that stays in the trainer.
Could it be that my PM numbers are nerfed or that my Trainer numbers are buffed? Should I attach my PM to the bike on the trainer and see if the readings match? Any suggestions are welcome!
Have a great day everyone and thanks for the attention.