I’ve been using a fluid trainer forever and have only recently picked up a smart trainer - I’ve had no real concerns with it so far but today was the first workout with since it arriving that included ramping out of the saddle efforts (basin), and the performance was a bit… meh.
I tried a few things - slowing my cadence a la climbing, speeding up my cadence a la attacking, keeping the cadence the same as when seated, smoothing the pedal stroke etc., but it was as if the response time was lagging so far behind that I could never sit on target during the ramp. This isn’t really a problem when the ramp ends with a nice steady state interval because it all works itself out, but the sets in basin end with a short and steep ramp up to 150%, and I wasn’t getting anywhere near that figure because my trainer just wasn’t giving me the resistance.
Is that normal? Do I need to temper my expectations? Any tips as to how to get better performance out of the trainer? Might I be better runnin an offset rather than Powermatch?
I’m running a Saris H3, power matching to a Left only 4iiii Ultegra PM. I would experiment with running with powermatch disabled, but there’s a pretty big difference between the trainer and the PM.
Today’s Basin workout is here: https://www.trainerroad.com/app/career/winderjw/rides/87887781-basin