Just thought I’d share something I’ve been thinking about, maybe there are others who experience the same thing. I was on a club training ride yesterday and there are a plethora of things I’d like to work on, like being able to stick on wheels (for some reason, maybe it’s my wheels, I have to really accelerate to close gaps, I have a base model Allez with the stock wheel on front and a velocity a23 rim with powertap rear).
While I had good power on the ride (257w NP/0.86 IF over 1:38), I got dropped on the first big climb, I did about threshold. For some reason I feel like I really hold back on the road vs the trainer, it’s like the trainer is a safe place to totally blow up compared to the road, so I don’t seem to push myself to sustain over 100%. Had I done 315w instead of around 300 I might have had better luck with sticking with the main group, but I’ve felt for awhile that I have a mental block against going over threshold when I’m doing outdoor rides. Obviously the answer is to get out there and try to push the power more (I need to do a weekly hill loop outdoors that’s pretty safe and close to home), but was curious if anyone else has a similar mental block, feel free to come and commiserate!