Quarq is proud to have more than 25 of the world’s best short- and long-course triathletes riding its power meters in 2013. Quarq power meters provide triathletes at all levels with invaluable information in training and competition that’s every bit as crucial to success on race day as proper nutrition and smooth transitions.
A perfect example of this is how Australian Pete Jacobs relied on his Quarq power meter to guide him through his low point – and every triathlete hits tough stretches – on his way to victory at the 2012 Ironman® World Championship in Kona. Although Pete had a brilliant day, around the 80-mile (130-km) mark of the 112-mile bike split be suddenly felt flat.
“I couldn’t push like I’d been pushing for the previous three hours basically,” Pete said. His wattage was dropping. It was the sort of rough spot, mentally and physically, that can put a race plan in jeopardy. That’s when Pete turned to his power meter for help.
“I just had to relax. I definitely liked having the Quarq there. I was looking at my watts, and my watts had dropped. But being able to see that they had dropped still allowed me to find that efficiency, find what muscles were tired and improve it.” He also watched his cadence. “If I can increase my cadence, it became easier but the watts went up.
“Having that right there in front of me makes it easier to get through those low points, and is also very motiving for the times I was feeling good and watts were right up, cadence was right up. It just allowed me to be a little more in control because I could see what is happening…. I’ll check my cadence, keep my cadence good, keep it high, keep my feet light on the pedals and jus think about the muscles I’m engaging to make the most of my state of fatigue.”
In the end, Pete averaged 281 watts, and 24.2 mph, for the bike leg, which helped set him up for a strong marathon and overall victory.
Listen to the full interview with Pete Jacobs on Zipp.com (MP3 audio, 39.1MB).
Photo: Nick Salazar.