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I was very surprised that spinning up climbs produced nearly as much power as standing and mashing. Times are similar too, but you feel much fresher at the top with a similar/lower bpm if you do it right.
Depends on your genetic muscle twitch and twitch fatigue; some prefer to stand and deliver, some prefer sit and spin. Reminds me... might be a standing day on the trainer.
A year of cycling increased my average speed by approximately 5kmph.
This is according to Strava, which may not be entirely accurate.
I love riding, not training
I'm slowly getting my average back up, and the more I do hill the better it is but have gone from a 30 to 34 av in Darwin to a 24 25 av in Brisbane getting up to the 27 - 28 av on most commutes to work
For a while I'd spin quickly up hills (that was riding with a knee injury - low rpm would upset it). I'm finding now that I can do better at lower cadence and feel fresher, but as soon as I get over the top of the hill I'll spin really quickly at over 110rpm for a short while and then pick up the bigger gears again shortly after that.
I'm no expert, but this is what I've been doing as well - but I'm tending to swap between staying seated and standing. I've also been using big gears up hills quite a bit, cadence at 45-55rpm and speed lower. I'm seeing improvements from that. But my other riding is also helping in that I'm not bothered pushing big gears.
I'm finding the same as Xplora - can push big gears, low cadence to deliver higher sustained power than spinning.
I'm a lean guy too - 69kg and 5'10, but should be nearer to 66-67 if I had a better diet.
I find standing taxes my breathing less and my legs feel up for it.
I got 299w for 12 minutes the other day, previous best was 287w for 12. And after the spinning 287w I was hurting, whereas after the 'grind' effort I had a fair bit left in the tank.
Obviously it's a case of horses for courses. The PM just helps us work out what kind of horse we are, I guess.
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