Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Higher cadence...

I spent all summer doing high cadence drills on the road bike.. Last night was the first time at the track that I think we started to see some progress.


The chart on the right is a quadrant analysis chart showing pedal force to pedal velocity for 2 track training rides last December, a representative race from the 6-day last January and the training ride last night.

The dark blue and green show last years training rides. The light blue is the 6-day points race. The light purple last night.

What we see is that last year we had the highest power output (section I, top right) for the race. And last night we had numbers slightly higher than that... 

Also we see that at levels we see higher cadence numbers (more samples on the right) for the race and last night... 

So while not conclusive it seems to indicate that we are a) spinning faster and b) putting out higher power at the same cadence.

Both of which where the goal of doing higher cadence drills.


2 comments:

Colin Griffiths said...

Just out of interest, how high an rpm were your drills? For myself I have noticed that I can hold higher average power on hills by changing down a cog and spinning faster.

Stuart Lynne said...

I try to stay above 100 and average 110 for 10 minutes or more.