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Quantitative triathlon<br />Making Recreation Productive<br />
My Background<br /><ul><li> BS, Computer Engineering
 MS, Computer Science
 7 years embedded systems work
 5 years CDMA phones
 12 years embedded/desktop Linux</li></li></ul><li>My Background<br /><ul><li> BS, Computer Engineering
 MS, Computer Science
 7 years embedded systems work
 5 years CDMA phones
 12 years embedded/desktop Linux</li></ul>Not an athlete!<br /><ul><li> Never run more than 3 miles
 Not run in 5 years
 Never learned to swim
 Owned a very dusty bicycle</li></li></ul><li>Ironman<br />How am I going to do this?!<br />
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  1. 1. Quantitative triathlon<br />Making Recreation Productive<br />
  2. 2. My Background<br /><ul><li> BS, Computer Engineering
  3. 3. MS, Computer Science
  4. 4. 7 years embedded systems work
  5. 5. 5 years CDMA phones
  6. 6. 12 years embedded/desktop Linux</li></li></ul><li>My Background<br /><ul><li> BS, Computer Engineering
  7. 7. MS, Computer Science
  8. 8. 7 years embedded systems work
  9. 9. 5 years CDMA phones
  10. 10. 12 years embedded/desktop Linux</li></ul>Not an athlete!<br /><ul><li> Never run more than 3 miles
  11. 11. Not run in 5 years
  12. 12. Never learned to swim
  13. 13. Owned a very dusty bicycle</li></li></ul><li>Ironman<br />How am I going to do this?!<br />
  14. 14. Two Approaches to training<br />Traditional<br />Technical<br />Swim a lot<br />Bike a lot<br />Run a lot<br />Swim tech: <br />Limited GPS<br />Limited Heart Rate<br />Bike tech:<br />HR Monitor<br />GPS<br />Power Meter<br />Run tech:<br />HR Monitor<br />GPS<br />Foot pod (Nike+)<br />
  15. 15. Six Sigma – Belts Earned, Lessons Learned<br />I worked for both Motorola (creator) and General Electric (largest user)<br />You must quantify and measure a parameter in order to control it<br />Six Sigma is mostly worthless<br />
  16. 16. Important Parameters for Cycling<br />Speed <br />Most important! Improvement here is the goal<br />Difficult to improve by itself, combination of lots of factors, both internal and external<br />Power to Weight ratio (Strength to Weight)<br />Most accurate predictor of cycling performance<br />Measured in Watts/Kg<br />Lactate Threshold Power (FTP, CP30)<br />Directly measured output of your body<br />Lactate Threshold Heart Rate<br />Directly measured reaction of your body<br />
  17. 17. 2010 Average Weekly Watts/Kg<br />
  18. 18. 2010 Average CP30 (30 Min Critical Power)<br />CP30 is a very good approximation of Functional Threshold Power (FTP)<br />
  19. 19. Heart Rate<br />I don’t track my Lactate Threshold HR very closely<br />I use HR as a guideline for when I don’t feel good – it’s a backup for my power meter.<br />Mean Maximal HR, 2010 Running<br />
  20. 20. Miscellaneous Data Analysis<br />
  21. 21. Miscellaneous Data Analysis<br />
  22. 22. Summary<br />Most Athletes don’t own power meters, too expensive<br />Those that do typically don’t know how to analyze the data<br />This gives me an advantage, even over those who are more talented than I am<br />By quantifying my performance, I am better able to identify effective training practices<br />chris.teague@gmail.com<br />http://breakneckgeek.blogspot.com/<br />
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