Originally Posted by Boeing
Am I the only one who thinks its The most useless function for training.
All the starting and stopping and warm up recovery I spend a lot of slow time on the bike. It still frustrates me to read AvgSpd down in the mid 15's when downloaded after a hammer fest. Average anything for that matter. I just dont have the thumbs to adjust on the fly etc....I guess
Laps, circuits or crits sure.
Boeing, just the book for you. Have bought it, but not read it yet.
The problem to me with average speed is that cycling is essentially "stochastic", to use Coggan's comment in his book. Watts up and down all the time. See the power meter graphs. Crazy, jagged. Explains why pros spend a good percentage of a race not even pedaling, with avg. heart rates and power readings at the end of a six hour day in the saddle that sometimes seem pretty modest compared to the peak levels on the climbs etc.
Paradox is that it's far more intermittent/stochastic than running in speed and load levels. Running is far more serial, even though it looks the reverse, that cycling is serial and smooth like a wheel rotating, and running stochastic.