Xert Athlete Profiles – Scott Steele


Scott Steele


Man of Steele

Scott is a 22-year-old avid cyclist from Minneapolis who entered the sport only one year ago.

Background about Scott Steele’s use of Xert

On May 7th he entered his first Criterion race expecting to do very well given his fitness levels, gained from Triathlon training over the past 3 years.

Riding 9-12 hours a week, Scott was excited about the Criterion and was prepared to “give it” on the day and to stay with the leaders.


Bike Set Up

  • Orbea Orca GDR
  • Garmin Edge 520 – set up with Xert mobile to display MPAMPA stands for Maximum Power Available. It is a measure of the maximum power an athlete can generate at a given moment... More and Time to exhaustionAlso referred to as TTE and time-to-failure, it is the time remaining, at a given work rate (power or intensity)...
  • Quarq DFour power meter
  • Simple Heart rate monitor

Race Day

Charging off the line, Scott was surprised at the power used by his colleagues on the first lap. Keeping up with the leaders,

Scott noticed that he was digging into his reserves to keep up with the leaders, all the while not using more than his MPA but more than his threshold power.

By the fifth lap, Scott knew he was in trouble as his output crossed over his MPA threshold (going into the red).

As you can see from the image below, the point where the two lines cross is the classic example of “dying.”


Scott’s fitness signatureIt is represented by three values: Threshold Power (TP),  High Intensity Energy (HIE) and Peak Power (PP). The three fitness values are used...


Needless to say, as the lead group powered away into the distance, Scott was left to recover (while still putting up above Threshold PowerAlso used as an acronym TP in Xert and sometimes described using the more colloquial term FTP, Threshold Power is... it should be pointed out) and finish off the ride.


Lessons Learned


Scott’s Xert Fitness Signature was very accurate.  It was able to show Scott that he was heading for an issue as he raced with the leaders and, after the fact, show the time and place where that point was.Criterion racing is a lot about your power.  No matter how much you may hide in the peloton, you need power, and, when finishing a race, its a good idea to know what is ‘left in the tank.So now Scott is training with Xert to increase his Threshold Power through a combination of Xert Smart Workouts, regular rides and other training.  He continues to user Xert to model his Fitness Signature and is very happy that he doesn’t have to do FTP or other tests as Xert tracks his fitness.




2018-01-28T11:44:13+00:00 Athlete Profile, Uncategorized|