Recently I did “Defender” and since I did not have a cadence sensor every other time I did this workout, I focused only on power targets. The two first sets felt rather comfortable and I was thinking it might be time to retest and update the numbers but then the 100 RPM effort got me gasping for air. I managed to do the first 2 minutes (MAP portion) at the target cadence but then my cadence fell to 80 and at some point 70 RPM. The trainer being in ERG Mode I was content to hold the power but I feel I’m loosing out on the benefits of this workout by not holding the high cadences.
Any tips on how to deal with similar high cadence efforts?