Thursday, April 26, 2012
I don't know why it took me so long to figure this out. For years I've assumed that in order to sprint fast you had to work up speed at a normal to high cadence (100-120), kick it up a few gears, and then hammer as hard as possible. But a couple of days ago it hit me: what's good for the goose is good for the gander (whatever the heck that means!). If high cadence pedaling works best for endurance and climbing, it should also work best for sprinting.
So I tried it yesterday--and it worked! I have a triple chain ring so on the front I have a 52-42-30 and on the back I have a 28-11. In looking at my gear-cadence charts, I realized that if I spin a 52-16--my fourth hardest gear--at 120 rpm, I'll produce an approximate speed of 31.3 mph and if I spin a 52-14 at that same cadence I'll hit 35.8 mph.
So again, I did a quick test of this philosophy yesterday and discovered that it will become my preferred sprinting strategy. I've got to work out some kinks and articulate some principles yet, so I'll wait until later to say more about this, but for now I'm SO excited! I see a relatively easy way to hit my desired sprinting speed for the year much sooner in the year than I planned (during testing yesterday I can within 4 mph of my stated goal for the year). I may in fact increase that sprinting goal to 38 or something like that but one thing at a time!
For now, yeah! I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it, I'm about to lose control and I think I like it! (How did the Pointer Sisters get into my blog?!)
Have a great day!