After almost eight years of Suffering, I replaced my trusty Kinetic Road Machine with a Saris H3 last week. In December 2019 I’d purchased Assioma Duo pedals, so had been Suffering using the power figures from them rather than virtual power.
My first quick test ride on the H3 was Ignitor and that seemed good. The next morning I fired up Joyride and… it kicked my ass.
Here’s when I hit Joyride in August (on the Road Machine with PM pedals)
Joyride last Thursday morning (it wasn’t joyful at all) - witness the spiral of death… three times!
I’d read smart trainers were best in the inner ring, so I used that and the middle of the cassette for a good chain line. I rode GOAT on Monday and my RPM was well under target (40 to 50rpm). I thought GOAT should be harder as even in big/little I couldn’t generate enough resistance for it and would end up over target RPM to hit the power targets (especially the blocks over FTP).
On another thread I came across this blog post. My rider profile is a TTer and I do spend a lot of time in the big ring on the road (I rode 70km (600m climbing) on Sunday morning and didn’t use the granny ring once). So when I lined up for Half Hour of Power this morning, I went back to the big ring.
Now normally I’d expect to hold 100% for HHoP (in HR Z4 or just creep into Z5) but ten minutes in this morning I had to drop to 95% otherwise I would have cracked.
HHoP in October (Dumb / PM pedals again):
HHoP this morning on this Saris H3:
It’s like The Minions have sneaked into my 4DP profile and stuck another 10% on my power targets - everything feels soooo much harder. Was I somehow cheating on the dumb trainer? Or what am I missing in the glorious world of ERG?