Garmin Introduces New Vector S

Today at Eurobike, Garmin announced a new affordable power meter option – the Garmin Vector S.  Garmin has basically taken their Vector pedal set and packaged a single pedal as a power meter.  This is a move following in the footsteps of companies like Stages by offering a left only option.  This brings us to an affordable price point of $899, comparable with their competition.  Now what is really cool, is should down the road you want to upgrade to the full Vector system, you can purchase the right pedal for $699.

So what do you get for your $899 investment:

– 1 left sensing pedal with Garmin Vector (the pedal looking thing)
– 1 right pedal with no sensor (just to match the left)
– 1 Vector communications pod (the silver pod looking thing)
– 2 cycling shoe cleats (for left/right)
– Some o-rings
– Some metal washers
– 1 ANT+ mini-USB stick for firmware updates/configuration

 

 

Power Meters: A Beginners Guide – Part 3 – FTP Boosting Workouts

Written by: Editor in Chief

In Part 2, we discussed various ways to obtain your functional threshold (FTP). Now we need to put what we know to the test to boost our power and fitness on the bike. We want to see an increase in our benchmark test every 4 to 6 weeks. Below you will find a couple workouts designed to help you increase your power on the bike.

Build your FTP by doing this three workouts in order.  When one starts to get easy move on to the next one.

For each workout perform a 10 min warm-up and 5 min cool-down.  Warm up 6 mins at a slowly building pace then do 2 x 1mins at 80% with 1min rest in between.

1) 4 x 10 at 100% FTP (2-3 min rest)

2) 3 x 15 at 95% FTP (3 min rest)

3) 2 x 20 at 90-95% FTP (5 min rest)

 

After a round of the above workouts enjoy a recovery block and retest your FTP. Reset your zones and repeat. Remember to train at the appropriate intensities as well in your other rides.