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    • #19994
      AvatarTristan
      Participant

      Hi Lynda,

      My usual HR test is on an out and back section of road, mostly uphill/flat one direction and downhill/flat other direction, roughly 2 miles each way. It’s the only stretch of road near my house that is uninterrupted for a reasonable distance. I was wondering if I could get a more accurate test just doing it on the trainer inside. Any thoughts?
      Thanks, Tristan

    • #19996
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Hi Tristan,

      Can you keep the power up on your downhill/flat section or is your speed and cadence too high to stay on the power?

      Coach Lynda

    • #19998
      AvatarTristan
      Participant

      Towards the bottom of the downhill/flat section I start to spin out a little and have to use my brakes some to keep the power down

    • #19999
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Tristan,

      Most athletes struggle to produce the same amount of power indoors on a trainer compared to outdoors on the road. If that is the case for you then your stretch of road is the best option. If you routinely ride the trainer and see similar power and HR numbers to riding outside then the trainer is the best option for you.

      Coach Lynda

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