I was training for IM Canada (in Penticton), which had ~1,800m of elevation gain – so lots of up and down to vary my cadence and give my legs variety. I’ve switched to the Sacramento IM, which for the bike is very flat (like…200m elevation gain). I’m assuming the run will be a nightmare if i do all of the bike at the same cadence…but i’m also assuming i want to keep my power relatively consistent throughout the bike. Any suggestions for how to best approach the bike – i’m assuming the goal should be to do sets at my “race effort” (cadence and power), and mix those up with shorter sets at the same power but lower and/or higher cadence.
Any suggestions or recommendations would be welcome. Cheers, Patrick
I think you’ll experience more natural variation than you’re expecting. In any case, if it were me, I would get out of the saddle and pedal in a higher gear at a lower cadence for 20 seconds or so when riding uphill or into a headwind or just whenever my legs felt like they could use some variety.