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Why No Watts/kg?

February 5, 2009

Astute readers may ask why I haven’t set a target for watts/kg. It’s a good question, and an issue for which I have a healthy respect. One oft-heard statistic states that if you can maintain 7w/kg for 30 minutes, you can win the Tour de France. In theory.

I’ve witnessed first hand what can happen when an obsession with the weight side of the equation leads to unhealthy behaviors. Through my own and others’ trials, it’s easy to see that there is so much more to enjoying your sport than the number reported by a scale.  Focusing on weight also disregards much more important parameters, such as your actual metabolic fitness and how you feel. As such, I’m purposely leaving out any discussion of weight when measuring performance in this blog.

Having said that, I’m about 5’6″ and a solid mesomorph. My dad is a really good sprinter, and my strength is doing out of the saddle uphill efforts that last 2-4 minutes in a huge gear. I have no idea what I weigh, and I don’t really care at this point, because it doesn’t matter.