Last winter I picked up a new mountain bike and spent four months training indoors with TR. I wasn’t able to ride the bike on our trails before mounting it on the trainer because of snow but set it up like past bikes. What I determined within the last month or so of riding outdoors is my position on the bike was too low and too far back to corner with any speed/confidence. As a result I raised my seat and positioned it further ahead to balance the bike out. By doing this my ability to hold power has dropped quite noticeably.
My question is this, relative to xc racing? Do you sacrifice power in an attempt to have better handling? If so how approximately how much? Do you determine proper position for best handling first, and then train to maximize power in that position? Getting ready to spend the winter indoors and want to make sure I’m not repeating past mistakes.