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Power meters or heart rate monitors are essential for gathering and monitoring information about the fitness of a rider. In the case of heart rate monitors, cyclists wear a chest belt that transmits heart rate information to a receiver that can be mounted on handlebars or worn on the wrist. Heart rate monitors can do many functions, including estimating calories burned, keeping track of temperature and elevation, mapping a route using GPS.

For our training purposes, clients need at least a HRM that measures maximum heart rate, average heart rate, and has a lap counter to measure maximums and averages during intervals. The other features are great, but up to you.

Most HRMs are also cycle computers and GPS devices, combining many functions into one device, such as the Garmin Edge 520 or the Wahoo ELEMNT. Obtaining such a combined device is a great way to go and will be very important to your progress.

As excellent as heart rate monitors are, power meters represent “the gold standard” in gathering data regarding cycling performance. However, power meters are considerably more expensive than heart rate monitors, and for that reason are not required for an MCC training program. But if you have a power meter and would like me to work with your wattage values, I will be delighted to do so at no extra charge.

As part of my coaching, I will be happy to consult with you if you need to shop around for a heart rate monitor, cycling computer, or power meter.