It's a great time to be a geek and a cyclist. Your geekiness has been rewarded.
Think it's odd how Lynda and I went from nowhwere to the podium in the last couple of years? A large part of our success has to be attributed to training with power meters and the various tools available for data analysis & planning. The best of the bunch is the performance manager. I've been a beta tester for it (as a result of getting the ball rolling with a similar tool I developed, rolling TSS) since the idea sprung forth from Andrew Coggan's noggin and we've been learning how to make it hum ever since.
It is now available to all. Check out Hunter Allen's post here: http://blog.trainingpeaks.com/2006/08/performance-manager-comes-to-life-in.html
That's the good news.
The bad news: if you don't know what I'm blabbering about, you are way behind the 8 ball friend. You have 3 choices: start studying, get a coach who understands it, or get left behind.
Competition is going up a few notches next year.