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When i am on my IDT i find that when doing my L4's and L5's that i am sitting at a very low speed on my PT.  Does speed and cadence have any effect of the quality of the workout?  Or is it perhaps better to crank up the gears and the speed to reach your zones?

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When i am on my IDT i find that when doing my L4's and L5's that i am sitting at a very low speed on my PT.  Does speed and cadence have any effect of the quality of the workout?  Or is it perhaps better to crank up the gears and the speed to reach your zones?

 

Cadence is generally self-selected i.e. what feels comfortable.  Some people ride idt's at a lower cadence than on the road, and some at a higher cadence.  From a specificity perspective, you wouldn't want your cadence on the indoor trainer to be radically different to your normal cadence on the road.

 

Speed makes no difference.
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Thanks Bruce.  I find that i ride heavier gears when i am trying to get the watts up, so on my idt i set it at the most difficult level and then sit in my 17 or 19 at the back.  but i figure if i am doing 300 watts, regardless of gears, speed, etc i am still achieving my watts.

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well, muscle type can also influence what is comfourtable for you  and also what is more beneficial to you.

Some have the type that can benefit and prefer spin, others that benefit from and prefer push.

 

e.g. LA vs Ullrich
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Thanks Bruce.  I find that i ride heavier gears when i am trying to get the watts up' date=' so on my idt i set it at the most difficult level and then sit in my 17 or 19 at the back.  but i figure if i am doing 300 watts, regardless of gears, speed, etc i am still achieving my watts.

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correct, 300 watts is 300 watts.  But, having the rear wheel spinning faster is creating more inertia in the wheel/flywheel combination which may be helping you through the dead spot.
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....which may be helping you through the dead spot.

 

Kinda like another brand name product advertised on the website? stir-stir...
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....which may be helping you through the dead spot.

 

Kinda like another brand name product advertised on the website? stir-stir...

 

LOL
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