Where to focus efforts for fastest commute
So as I was riding along yesterday, I began to wonder, as follows:
Given that I am only capable of a limited amount of effort, and that the more effort I put forth at one time, the less I can put forth at another, is it faster to put more effort into flat or downhill sections where I can go faster, or into climbs (if you can call anything in central Ohio a climb), where I go fairly slow, no matter how much effort I put forth.
My thoughts are that, since the faster I go, the more of my effort goes into fighting with the wind, it makes more sense to put a lot of effort into climbing, and take it easy when descending (or battling a headwind). It would seem easier to increase my speed given proportion climbing than it would descending.
Is this right, or am I overlooking something?