I do interval training indoors on a spin bike, I do it for cardio fitness primarily. I’ve been mountain biking since I was a kid - more serious than a recreational rider, but less so now that I’m later in my adult life. That said training with a power meter has opened up a new world for me especially since I’ve coupled that with intervals.icu.
My question is - I’ve contemplated putting some power pedals on my mountain bike. Seems the internet is all over the place on if this is useful or not. From - it’s no good due to all the spikes and the coasting you do when mountain biking, to it’s only worth it if you’re trying to win races - none of which I’m doing. I’m doing XC biking, not downhill. On the east coast of the US so mostly flat, rooty single track - elevation change in a ride is probably 500 ft…maybe 1000’ depending on where I ride.
I’ve used Coach Jack plans and have substituted a “long ride” in the plan for a mountain bike trail ride - 10 miles, about an hour. Intervals.icu reports this always and over exceeding compliance to plan metric (which I believe is based on training load).
What’s the consensus here for someone who’s a recreational/sport mountain biker with a power meter in relation to interval training? Would I gain anything?