I’ve been using TR for about a month and I find that in many sessions I’m constantly riding in my highest or near highest gear. There was one session that recommended getting out of the saddle for a bit, but I couldn’t because I would spin out.
I did Citadel this morning and spent the nearly the entire ride in my two highest gears.
Is this because my FTP is too low? (128) Should I retest?
Is it my bike? Riding a 2019 Trek FX 3. Highest gear is 48 in the front and 11 in the back.
I’m not using ERG mode, should I?
To summarize what @mcneese.chad wrote: a smart trainer has three modes:
Erg mode where the trainer tries to keep the resistance constant based on your current gear and your cadence (pedal revolutions per minute).
Resistance mode which is like dialing in a specific resistance on a dumb cycling trainer. To vary power, you will have to change gear and cadence yourself.
Progressive mode where the trainer tries to emulate the resistance profile of a fluid trainer. That “feels” more natural.
From the TR app you can only use the first two modes, erg and resistance, directly. But you can use other apps or your head unit to switch your trainer into progressive mode.
For resistance mode, you will have to select a baseline in the TR app. Given your FTP, I recommend to start with 20 % = 0.2 in the TR app. My value is set higher (0.3?) and I can easily reach 100 W in my easiest gear. Feel free to play a little with the slider so that for workouts you are in a gear and cadence that feels nice to you. Also keep in mind that many trainers will slightly change their resistance as they warm up.
For progressive mode, I’d likewise start with level 1 and your easier gears.
So what mode should you use? I recommend that you just try all three in challenging workouts. And it might be that you will prefer different modes for different workouts. Personally, I like erg mode only for endurance workouts. When I do sweet spot workouts or above, I use resistance mode. I have spent years on a fluid trainer, so I have gotten good at keeping my power. Another benefit is that when you are slightly below target power, you won’t enter into the spiral of death where your trainer in erg mode continues to increase resistance as you miss the power target.
It sounds like nothing is connecting to the trainer. The trainer can only connect to one device, so turn it off, close all the apps on your phone, turn off your garmin. Turn on the trainer, then fireup TrainerRoad.
To add on to this: The Saris H3 does not support Resistance Mode which may explain some of the earlier confusion in this thread. Only Erg and Standard mode are available for this trainer. I use the same one and was wondering why it wasn’t available, contacted support and confirmed this to be the case.
Sounds like you figured it out with slope mode
Also, if you did your ramp test while the trainer was behaving funny, it would be wise to retest now that you’ve figured it out. Also, seeing that you went 10 W over on what should be a pretty difficult workout possibly suggests your FTP is higher than what it’s currently set at