If you use a smart trainer and a power meter for your indoor training, you should use “PowerMatch.”
What is PowerMatch?
Simply put, PowerMatch allows you to use your power meter as the source for your power output instead of your smart trainer. Common trainer applications such as TrainerRoad and Zwift have this capability. If you have a Wahoo smart trainer, there is a way to PowerMatch your trainer and power meter directly (more on that in a bit).
Why use it?
As a coach, I recommend using PowerMatch for 2 reasons:
- Consistent Data: Your smart trainer and your power meter will likely provide slightly different readings for the same effort. If you use PowerMatch, your power meter will provide all of your power data indoors and out, eliminating that discrepancy.
- No more spindowns: All power meters require calibration, but if you use PowerMatch you just have to callibrate your on-bike power meter. For most on-bike power meters, this takes 2-5 seconds. On a smart trainer, callibration is typically done through a spin-down process which takes a bit longer. In fact, if you have a “wheel-on” trainer like the Kickr Snap, it is recommended that you warm up for 20 minutes before starting the spin-down. PowerMatch saves you time.
How do I enable PowerMatch?
Links below on how to enable this feature for TrainerRoad, Zwift, and for the Wahoo Kickr (smart trainer -> power meter direct).
Note: the Wahoo Kickr PowerMatch allows the trainer and the power meter to talk directly. So, this feature can be used by any trainer application that works with a Kickr.