Did Ericsson yesterday, and in the 3x20ss intervals there were a lot of slight changes to power targets at the same time focusing on target cadence ranges. Seems like one gear was too low and I had to overspin; the next was too tall and either I missed the power or cadence was too low. How do you think about relative priorities in a workout like this?
Cadence is secondary to target power in those situations, so sometimes I vary the cadence as much as I can, other times I settle into a comfortable cadence and just aim to hit the power targets. If I can raise my cadence slightly and still be close to the power targets i’ll do that.
Remember that sweet spot is also a range, so if you want to focus on cadence I wouldn’t stress about being off by a few watts.
I’m doing my high cadence work on endurance workouts this year but actively trying to raise it comfortably and bring that into some sweet spot workouts recently. I took some time off last year, and base this season has my average cadence lower than last season in nearly every workout so far.
Does that help?
I’d second everything Wayne said, and also add that I sourced a 14-25 cassette for my trainer bike and the narrow range helped with this problem somewhat. Still not perfect, but better than before.
Don’t worry about a few watts or cadence here and there, it make’s no difference.