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Power Data – Why you should never talk about it

I have been a cyclist for a long time now and it amazes me how many fellow cyclists love to talk about their power numbers to whoever cares to listen.  But let me tell you a litttle secret.  First, the vast majority of the population will not know what you are talking about, let alone care, and second, if you do decide to share “your numbers” there is never a good outcome.

Let me explain what happens when you decide to talk about to power data in a couple of different scenarios.

The first and most likely scenario is that your friends don’t know about power training.  They will think you’re a nerd.  They will lose respect for you.  And they will think you are boring.

The second scenario is that your friends know about power training.  They will compare themselves to you as similar weight athletes (or using a simple power to weight ratio comparion because you will have definitely bragged about your less than impressive FTP results and your weight) but due to you lack of racing success, either conclude that you are weak, tactically stupid or a combination of both.  They will also lose respect for you.  And they will also think that you are boring.

So whichever way you look at it, discussing power data with anyone is a bad idea and will ultimately lead to people thinking you are boring!