“Half of what we know is wrong, the purpose of science is to determine which half.” Arthur Kornberg
I just got the new edition of my power meter yesterday. They had some sensor revisions, so I have installed the sensors on my cranks and will calibrate them on Monday. With this upgrade, new data from additional algorithms will be available. As we gather data like torque and smoothness it begs the question, how do you best interpret this data? It also begs the second question, who is backing you up on your interpretation?
It is one thing to gather data. We do this all the time. Amazingly, Strava has emphasized time above all else as the standard of measure. Think about it, that is all Strava is doing, comparing times on agreed upon segments verified by GPS. Time doesnt lie.
Achieving a good time is open to interpretation. But one idea is key, maximizing efficiency. We can do this in many ways, but even the best cyclists need someone to consult with to back up their assertions, and check over the data.
Even if you were to work with an enlightened coach for a couple of months, it can be massively beneficial to get an opinion on your data and efforts. Effectively, quality analysis for your cycling.