Watts is watts...right?

Discussion in 'Power Training' started by Bike4Him, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. Bike4Him

    Bike4Him New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2009
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    0
    I had the opportunity to ride some 7% hills and expected to post some bigger wattages.
    My averages were similar to what I do on the relatively flat roads around home.
    My times at level 4 and above weren't much different either.
    The only difference, my average cadence was down from 85+ to 75 during about 2 hours of riding.
    I didn't feel really fresh but I drove to the hills so I rode.
    My question...Is there a difference in training benefit or are watts just watts?
     
    Tags:


  2. dkrenik

    dkrenik Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2003
    Messages:
    440
    Likes Received:
    8
    Yes there's a difference: Specificity and Quadrant Analysis
     
  3. Power Meter City

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2016
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    6
    Good links above. Due to the difference is neuromuscular demands of riding flats vs. hills, most people find it easier to producer higher watts on a climb...at least I do. If I'm performing an interval and I hit a hill, I'm always happy because it feels a bit easier to hold the wattage.
     
  4. An old Guy

    An old Guy Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    1,380
    Likes Received:
    21
    For the most parts it is just watts.

    If you sit in the saddle, you may pedal in the same manner as on the flats. If you stand up, you will work different muscles - but you can do that on the flat also.

    The big difference is that when you stop pedaling your bike stops faster. So you might pick up some endurance on the hills.
     
  5. divinemaredi

    divinemaredi New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2016
    Messages:
    88
    Likes Received:
    1
    LOL. Not that I fully understand the very nature of this thread, but the name of it really caught my eye there...And obviously gave me a little chuckle. Classic.
     
  6. pedalbiker

    pedalbiker New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2014
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    2
    In this context, watts are watts. 10 rpm isn't going to change that to any extent worth worrying about.

    Maybe get some higher gearing if you're worried about it.
     
Loading...
Loading...