Used to be a climber..
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: East Baldwin, ME
Bikes: 2016 Ridley Fenix SL, 2013 PedalForce RS3-ISP, 2015 Trek 520 Disc
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
700 watts for 40 minutes? Yeah, you're right in being skeptical. Figure 700 watts for 10 seconds, maybe 20 if you're really strong.
I have a CycleOps Fluid trainer, and it works fine for high tension climbing intervals. When I put the bike in its highest 53/12 gears, I can ramp up to a maximum effort standing at about a 75 cadence (for maybe 30 seconds maximum). That's probably about 500 watts, which should be more than enough for just about anybody.
Hmm....I'm sure you're familiar with the CTS Climbing DVD....
I can do the 5 minute muscle tension intervals in my 50x12 on my Fluid 2, and have to keep the cadence around 60 rpm to get some kind of a workout in. I really could use an 11t cog for that one, though.....not bragging, but on the trainer it's really not that hard. Outside though.....that's a totally different ballgame
. I wish climbing a hill outside was as easy as "climbing a hill" on a trainer.
Although by the time I hit my climbing repeats on my local favorite hill in the spring, I will be about 20 pounds lighter than last summer. By the time my "target" race happens, I should be 25 pounds down from last summer. Pretty excited about that.