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    powerintervals question

    I've started a new training program a few weeks ago but I had one question...when I'm doing powerintervals I was wondering if I could replace the whole spinning at 110 for a cadence and instead just do hill intervals at like 60 or lower for a cadence, if the point of powerintervals was to increase your VO2 max then wouldn't that be doing the same thing since your heart rate would be way up there on the climbs as well, and considering that I live in new england there are very few flat roads that I can ride on at 3 miles at a time without getting to some sort of a hill.

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    Not that this answers your question, but I live around Boston at the moment, and unfortunately I can go 30 miles without finding a hill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRLski
    I've started a new training program a few weeks ago but I had one question...when I'm doing powerintervals I was wondering if I could replace the whole spinning at 110 for a cadence and instead just do hill intervals at like 60 or lower for a cadence, if the point of powerintervals was to increase your VO2 max then wouldn't that be doing the same thing since your heart rate would be way up there on the climbs as well, and considering that I live in new england there are very few flat roads that I can ride on at 3 miles at a time without getting to some sort of a hill.

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    not 100% sure what you mean but no, hill climbing at 60RPM is not the same as 110RPM sprint intervals (what's a power interval?). You can't get specific enough on a hill climb to go at 95-98% of MaxHR in short efforts without falling down, and you have no recovery on the hill either which you must have. And lower RPM's on climbs is more like strength work which is different again.

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    i hate to complain, but 30 miles is nothing. i live in the sacramento valley, and i have to drive at least 2 hours to the foothills. and thats just the foothills. the closest thing to a hill is an overpass. if you can even call that an incline....

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    We're complaining about hills? I got enough of them around here. Let me know where to ship some of them.

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