Been training on TR since January, did LVSSB 1+2, finishing general build (LV), supplemented with some extra workouts and outside rides now that the weather is helping along. First hard outside ride today (the lunch outing with the boys), an hour of paceline, three of us, felt just like an over-under session (over in the front, under when behind). So far so good. Apart from the pouring rain, but you can’t win them all.
Got cramps in both calves, about 40 minutes into the ride. I typically get those when I’m over - when I’m pushing more than I can deliver. Nutrition was ok (ate half my lunch 90 mins before), hydration was ok. Only variable I can identify as a difference between my road ride and my training is positioning - it’s not the same bike, and I can’t set the training bike the same way as the road one (geo limitations). Seat/cleat/crank setup is identical (same crank length, same pedals with same shoes, same seat, same positioning up-down and fore-aft relative to crankset); the difference is in cockpit height, quite a bit lower on my road bike than on the trainer, so my hip angle is lower.
So - felt ok RPE-wise (I don’t have a powermeter on the road bike), but those cramps were for real. Am I on the right track to attack the issue by training more often/longer in the drops on the trainer bike, which will drop me in a position more in line with my road ride? Or am I missing something else?