I'm not quite sure how that would work. The erg mode attempts to sets the resistance for each pedal stroke to match my power target. Without the resistance I can't hit the power the map tests requires. It's like pedalling with my back wheel suspended mid air, even with gear changes I would be going more than 200rpm. I suppose I could match the rpm it asks and see what happens as time passed.
Or are you suggesting I should try to manually set the resistance? I think I have to connect it to my phone to do that but feel like I would be better off planning a workout with the increases and noticing when my rpm drops.
I'll give it another go if you think I could get a better result.
Re skipping, I didn't realise the first bit was part of the test. I thought it was just a warmup
Just to note, the timer rely on your computer processing power, so if you are running lot of other app in the background, it is possible MaximumTrainer get left out for some time, and the timer could loose some time there.
You could try to close the app you don't use that could be taking your cpu
Yes you are right, HR cannot change the resistance of your trainer, only power target can.
I would suggest you use a power plan, or find a way to get power (with speed cadence sensor and a trainer curve) for more reliable workouts.
The speed of the trainer is simply the speed recorded with the ANT+ sensor from your rear wheel.
The speed shown by default is the "virtual speed", calculated in real time to have an estimate of what would be your real speed in the outside world. It is possible to change the default speed in the workout options if you wish.
This speed is calculated with your Power, your weight, and other parameters set in your profile.
Since speed is different from user to user, it was not included in the target possibility.
For example, 30KMH on a trainer may be 500W but 30KMH on another trainer could be 100W of power.
I wanted workouts to be the same for every users, so that they can be shared easily.
If you girlfriend has a trainer that has a Power Curve in the software, you can get Power data from speed data easily (just need a Speed or Speed Cadence sensor which you already have it seems). Let me know if you need help to set a Power Curve.
Cheers and thanks for the feedback! Have fun :)
You can check the home page to see, but basically if you have a trainer with a Power Curve supported,
you will only need an ANT+ speed or ANT+ speed and cadence sensor to be able to get power data.
Also an ANT+ usb key so you an link the sensor with your PC/Mac
We will need to have a power curve for each separate resistance (knob)
So if you have one that you can use most of the time, that would be good.
Then you could record the trainer speed and the power at the same time (with a power meter and a speed sensor)
After a few workout, when we have a lot of data, we can check the .fit file and build a spreadsheet that will have
5 kmh = 150 W
10 kmh= 200 W
The more points the better to derive the formula!