Hi all, I'm a relatively new cyclist and have just recently begun taking rides seriously. I have noticed that there seems to be a discrepancy between my style of pedaling and other people I see on the road.
Let me start with a brief background on myself... I'm more of a sprinter. In high school football, I used to be able to spring 35+ yards each snap. I would rest as we reset and I would be able to do it over and over, the entire game. Now, bad habit or not, I've kinda translated this into cycling... I pedal hard for 8-10 strokes, and then coast for a few seconds. I guess I need that sort of rest for my muscles to recover... and the results aren't too shabbly. I can sustain low 20mph on flats for a good while.
The problem is that when I have to do ascents, I can't coast and rest my legs. I quickly lose stamina and basically end up almost crawling uphill (7mph)...
I'm wondering if I need to change my pedaling style or if this is something I can work on. I see people pedal continuously on flats and wonder if that's what I have to end up doing. Currently on flats, if I pedal continuously, I will get tired.
I've only been cycling about a year now, and only started to get serious the last few months, so I don't think a fundamental change is going to be too detrimental... but I'd like to know what to do... thanks.