I'm into my 3rd year of riding, and my first year of club-riding. I ride about 100 miles/week. I've gotten into the habit(?) of pushing a really big gear at a low cadence. I notice that I'm usually the only one in the group who does this. During sprints, I'll go 53x12, take my time to get up to speed, and then cruise past everyone else.
I'm a solid 18-19 average mph rider on 3+ hour group rides and centuries. Obviously, I'd like to get faster and climb better.
Whenever I try and match cadence with the other folks, I tire really quickly and wish I was pushing a bigger gear. My HR also skyrockets when I try and do low-gear/high cadence and keep my speed.
Sooooooo, am I one of the lucky few who is better off mashing, or should I try and increase my cadence? I seem to fatigue a LOT quicker at a high cadence. Maybe I picked up the bad(?) idea of mashing early on?
If it helps, I'm a fairly big guy and can resort to using a lot of power. I also seem to not be losing weight as quickly as others, I dont know if my pedaling style (anaerobic?) plays much of a factor in that department.