Young talents in cycling might be the future stage winners at the Giro Rosa, the women’s Giro d’Italia, winners of the Thüringen Rundfahrt or medal winners at World Championships and Olympics. Or maybe they are the next generation of those who just enjoy cycling. Today we want to introduce you to Elisa Götzinger from Union Raddrennteam Pielachtal, who, like the rest of the female Austrian team, trains and races with our NGeco power meters.
This is Elisa:
name: Elisa Götzinger
age: 20, second year U23 category
cycling: racing for 3 years now
specialisation: flat races and time trials
palmares: Styrian TT champion (U23), 3rd at Austrian TT Championships (U23)
Goals: finishing her studies, maybe becomming a professional cyclist
What does Elisa prefer?
road or MTB
uphill or downhill
sun or rain
trainings camps or training at home
spaghetti or pizza
couch oder racing
What does Elisa do when she is not on her bike?
- studying pharmaceutical studies
- teaching kids how to ride an MTB
3 questions for Elisa about her power meter
Why is training with a power meter important to you?
I have a very high heart rate and used to ride in the endurance training zone at more than 160 beats per minute. Today I only very rarely look at my heart rate during a workout and use watts for my orientation . They are much more meaningful to me because they do not depend on my daily condition.
Which qualities does a good power meter need?
I do not want to have to worry about it. Usability and reliability are the most important qualities to me. If the power meter is on the bike then it has to work and I do not want to have to adjust it or check the battery before every workout.
How does your power meter help you with training and racing?
During a workout I look at my training zones, so I can stick to my training plan. During a race, the power meter serves only as an orientation and I usually only look at it towards the end of a race. However, my power meter is also a great motivator for me. Whenever I see an improvement after a test and I can pedal harder over a certain period of time, I get a motivational boost. The power meter makes my progress visible!
Thank you Elisa for the interview and good luck for you and the rest of team for the upcoming season.