I did some testing, took a 3 minute straight road and rode it 2 different ways:
- keeping steady 380w all the time with minor changes in power
- holding speed, every time speed dropped 0.5-1kmh I pedalled harder for a few seconds at around 500w and after that held power at 300-350w
I did the test multiple times and tested it in both directions to see the differences in both headwind and tailwind situation.
in both cases avg power was the same 380±5w BUT I had 1.5kmh higher avg speed when I used the second method. Avg heart rate was also the same in both cases but the second variant felt easier.
Great thing about bicycles is that they keep rolling and the speed wont drop very fast even when you completely stop pedalling, thats how the method probably works.
Is this a thing or am I just overthinking?