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What did I do wrong?

Old 09-07-05, 03:47 AM
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What did I do wrong?

I've been reading about spinning vs. mashing and I thought I would give it a go with a higher cadence than I had been doing if it was going to result in sparing my legs from burning up w/ lactic acid.

It didn't work out that way, unfortunately, and I'm not sure what I was doing wrong, if anything. Usually I don't have that much problem (that I can tell) with lactic acid except on steeper hill climbs, but that morning I hadn't gotten a half mile out on my ride before my legs started to burn up with the higher cadence.

So, what should I be expecting? What I had expected was to be winded, but with fresh(er) legs. What I ended up with was feeling that my legs were worn out. I might have also had a greater cardio workout but probably not much since I couldn't keep my legs going well enough.

I should also add that I don't have a bike computer and so I don't actually know my cadence.
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Old 09-07-05, 03:56 AM
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it takes time to get used to high cadence climbing. I personally prefer low cadences when climbing and sometimes even when on the flats. By high I mean 80=90 when climbing, and 90-100 on the flats. By low I mean 70-80 while climbing, and 80-90 on the flats.

bottomline is , if you wanna do highcadence, then you have to make your musclers get used to it..and that takes time. A lot of time.
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If you're riding in the Dallas area, I doubt you're seeing many big hills. It sounds like you're just trying to go with high cadence, possibly without a reason to, and possibly trying to make a huge change all at once. How much lower was your gearing than what you normally used? What was your ride profile? More information will be needed to evaluate what went wrong.
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Old 09-07-05, 04:40 AM
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You are right, there aren't that many hills (I do have one good sized hill, an overpass over I-30). And you are sort of right, in that the only reason I was trying a higher cadence is not because I'm struggling up what hills I have so much as that I want to have better form (not that I would recognize it if I somehow did obtain it). And your right the change was sudden. I don't think I can answer the question on how much lower my gearing was or my profile, since I haven't been paying that close attention to either, so I don't really have the information to make said comparison. I wasn't trying to make the change because of any physical problems.

I sort of feared that this is what would happen. I don't have the information to provide you with a control case with which to compare the experiment. I guess I'll have to put the question on hold until I can get a better idea of what I normally do and then try a couple of higher cadence runs and come back with the info. It will probably be awhile before I can figure out stuff like my normal cadence, as I will need to find a different route that allows me to make indirect calculations on that since I don't have a computer to do it for me.

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