Hi everybody, first post and looking for some input.
I do all the TR workouts on sportcrafter rollers (with the Overdrive drum which has internal magnets) with a Power2Max crank so rely on gear changes to control the power and cadence. I’m quite happy with this setup as it’s useful to learn how much the power can change by simply increasing/decreasing cadence or changing gear.
I was doing Palisade today and due to the power target and cadence I was at 98rpm for the 1 minute under and changed up 1 sprocket (but crucially 2 teeth difference) to get 95rpm for the 2 minute over.
I’m comfortable at higher cadences, they feel natural. On the fourth interval I changed up 2 gears, so 4 tooth difference which dropped cadence down to 90 and I found this to be quite a push. It seemed incredibly slow and could feel the effort in my knees.
I have never been a strong rider but wonder if there is any mileage in persisting with this lower cadence. It brings my heart rate down but does it cost too much somewhere else?
Is it better to stay with the higher spin to tax the aerobic system instead? Or a combination of both?
I’m hoping that makes a kind of sense. Thanks