Tom D says is pretty anti-Erg. Review his post on instagram. Curious about your thoughts. I use ERG all the time on my Kickr. Am I short changing myself?
Here is a paste of his post.
" By programming your trainer to “force” you to do certain resistances, you are leaving out the most valuable components of your workouts that actually make you better.
Basically by doing your intervals in ERG mode, you are thinking you are learning to hit home runs, but you are really just playing T-Ball.
Being able to “hit” your target power should not be something you need hand-holding on. If you have invested in a smart trainer, you are likely to the point where you understand shifting and pedaling harder to create higher amounts of power.
So let’s put away the T-ball set up (ERG mode) and give attention to “how” you generate the power in your workouts.
I refer to the concept of proper “hitting the power” technique as Power Control™️. This is basically how efficient you are working a specific physiological zone.
Power Control™️ is made up of two components: a Power Floor and an Power Ceiling.
The Power Floor is the power number listed in your workout. With the PF your objective is to try and hold your effort right above this target number, avoiding dropping it, or “breaking” through the floor. This should be your primary focus with Power Control™️. As you become more in control during the interval with the number, you next increase your focus to include your Power Ceiling. The PC is how far you are deviating above the PF with occasional power spikes. The stronger and more efficient you become, the closer the PC lowers to the PF, without breaking through it.
As you become more advanced with your power zones, I recommend increasing the complexity in the structure of your efforts, cadences, body positions, and transitions to require more advanced the Power Control™️. I recommend doing your intervals on the changing terrain offered on @gozwift to make working the Power Control™️ in relation to how you would outdoors.
Overall, going fast in cycling is about not just the force the athlete can produce, but the technique of the athlete while producing the effort. To become a better and faster cyclist, the two must go together in sync.
Let’s put the T-Ball set away and play the game."