I’m looking for some guidance with Cadence, I’ve searched the forum / site but can’t see anything.
My ‘natural’ cadence is 87 and I’m currently following the Road Race intervals plan. I don’t look at cadence very often but know I can hold sweet spot 87 - 90 for however long the interval is (up to 45 minutes).
What I’m finding with the Vo2 (Zone 5 / Full Gas) intervals is that I can’t hold the power in a big enough gear for 3-5 minutes to complete the interval at my ‘normal’ cadence, that I need to drop down gears and spin at a higher cadence (100 - 110) to sucessfully complete the interval at the target power.
So I guess my question is should I be looking at increasing my ‘normal’ cadence to maintain a higher power or should I be looking to fight the Zone 5 intervals out at a higher gear, but a lower cadence to improve my strength ?
On a side note, my FTP tests are usually a cadence of 87 - 90, would the Power increase if I focussed more on a higher cadence?
I hope this makes sense, I may have confused myself just thinking about the correlation between cadence and power.
Thanks in advance - Martin