I’ve been dreading doing Spanish Needle for…basically forever, but it was on my calendar for today. I wasn’t sure how well it was going to work because I have a Kickr Snap, which has its own set of nuances that make fast changes difficult (it doesn’t respond immediately).
Just as I expected, Spanish Needle was basically impossible, but not really for the reasons I anticipated. The response time was much faster than I expected, but the biggest issue came during the recovery sections—since there’s a floor to how low the power can go with the Snap given a certain cadence and gearing, there’s no way I was getting down to 40% FTP. I feel like that 15 seconds of recovery is crucial to finishing this workout (I made it through two intervals before I had to call it quits), and the lowest I could get was more like 70% FTP. That’s a pretty big difference.
Curious to hear how others with a Snap (or any other wheel-on trainer) handle this type of workout because I have several workouts coming up with some type of microbursts involved. This will be my last season with the Snap as it were—it’s a great little trainer, but things like this make me realize it’s time to move on to a direct drive trainer.