Heres my back ground info. I'm 30yrs old, weight 180, MHR 200-205, I've been riding for about 1.5yrs. I just came back from a TT on the computrainer at local bike shop. The TT was three laps around central park NYC. I averaged 287w and the 18.3 mile couse took me 48:13. My average HR was 186. There were several steep hills on the course 4 to 8% grades. Not sure if this is true in real life. Any way when I hit the hills I find I'm most comfortable and keep my heart rate lower if I ride at a low RPM maybe 60. I don't have a rpm meter but I know I'm pedaling very slow. I usually don't gear down much and my watts increase to 300-330 range. I feel pretty comfortable doing this and my legs don't cramp up. I've had people tell me I should be climbing hills at a high candence 90RPM like lance. But I seem to be more comfortable doing it like Jan Ullrich 60 RPM big gear. When I spin a smaller gear I feel like I'm over my anerobic threshold. I start to breathe harder. I do notice I seem to be pedaling squares especially on 9% or higher grades. My question should Is should I keep doing what feels comfortable when I start riding outside? Is there a way to train to ride at higher cadence? I've been doing Friels Bible. So mostly LSD rides 1-3 hrs 10 hrs a week or so. I just started doing intervals and more tempo rides. Is this something I might develop over time? I mostly race mountain bike, so I know it would be better for me to spin a lighter gear so I can not spin going up hills. Oh and I try to stay seated the whol time I'm climbing a hill.
Hope you guys can read this mess. Thanks.