Hello fellow SUF citizens, I hope you’ve suffered today.
I had my first go at the GCN Torque Monster session this morning. I’m using a dumb Kinetic Road Machine (with Assioma PM pedals), so I have to use the gears for resistance. I do find I’ll run out of gears, even in big/little (50x12) and can’t match higher power targets at low RPMs. I’ll end up doing 65rpm to 70rpm instead of 60rpm to be around threshold or into MAP.
For the two AC efforts in Torque Monster, the target shown was 412w and 130rpm (130rpm? Coach Henderson you nasty, nasty man!). I would again start at a very low cadence and keep digging. I ended up peaking at around 90rpm but 700w. For these efforts, is it just a case of going as hard as you can to chase the RPM, so ignore the power target? Or should I hold the power target once reached?
For the MAP efforts, my target was 346w with a cadence of 60. I found I could start at around 50rpm and accelerate up to 75rpm for each of the last 4 MAP efforts and end up holding around 450w, so well over target. Should I be backing off here? I thought I could hold good form (seated).
The GCN presenters on the video looked to be properly suffering but, whisper this in case GvA hears, I thought the targets on the session were reasonably comfortable to achieve. Average HR was 134bpm with a peak of 155bpm. For reference, the app says my LTHR is 158bpm.
Perhaps a visit to Full Frontal is needed, though Team Scream followed by Sub-Threshold 5x10 on Sunday morning gave me a good kicking so I don’t feel I’m cruising through every workout right now.