Stupid question #1:
Is it better to train for speed or RPM?
I'm trying to average 80 but I have to drop back a couple gears to do so and that often cuts my speed.
Somehow, that just dosen't seem right.
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Originally Posted by pcmike
If you're a noob, train for cadence over speed. A smooth, fluid cadence will be invaluable as you gain strength and experience.
You should be doing both. But like Ed said, work on cadence if you have to choose. As you get fitter and stronger, the speed will pick up.
Reading your Thread, I did a test on my machine.
I set the machine at 550 to 600 Calories per hour for my 195 LB weight and speed of 20 MPH approx. held constant.
I held 100 RPM cadence at a certain strain level.
Next I did 90 RPM at a 10% lower strain level. Same speed and calories.
So, the question is if one can do higher cadence for a long time or lower cadence but higher strain on muscles and joints. I do not know what is better.
Sorry, I should have said "Next I did 90 RPM at a 10% higher strain level"