I’ve been doing more outside workouts and today while doing a longer threshold workout I started thinking if there is a big difference between flats vs climbs. I live 15mins from a long, uninterrupted farming road which I been riding a lot and 55mins from my local ski road so I have options for sweetspot and threshold work.
I read this article and a couple of TR forums where they explain that slightly different muscles are activated.
I’ve always found generating threshold power on flats to be much harder than on climbs but now thanks to trainer road and doing these type of workouts outside it seems much more manageable.
So my questions are - is the training effects the same on flats vs climbs if power is the same? If I do most of this work on flats am I going to suffer on hill climbs because I’m not as use to the change in grade / cadence required?