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I'm one to deliver the answer, "the best cadence is the one that comes naturally", but I did the math today, and found out I'm only spinning 50-60rpm on 7-10% grades lately - which is pretty low on any scale. I've become more curious about understanding cadence not in relation to performance, but in relation to physiology.

Can shift to a different gear, but I've been (oddly) comfortable with how I've been doing. If there's anything to note, I have asthma. Perhaps I'm feeling better off with 'mashing' the pedals because my lungs start hurting at a faster rate when I spinning? Not a clue. Any good reads to build my understanding?
 

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kbiker3111 said:
Did the math? What did your computer say your cadence was?
"Math", as in, went to Sheldon's site, plugged in the appropriate gear values and played with several cadence inputs until they matched my average speed.

Flats aren't much of spin sessions either ~80rpm. Plan today is to "stress" the idea of spinning. "Intervals" of spinning seems to be the appropriate approach. But for a bit of confusion, I do know "how to spin" comfortably up to 100rpm, however this only happens during my warm-ups and recovery segments in a much lighter gear - up to 20min and imaginably longer if I wanted. I just can't seem to "translate" any of that into my regular and higher intensity. I seem to opt for certain (mashing) gears instead once that happens.

And specializedrider, thanks for the link. I do recall that thread, and see it as something less related to cadence, but it doesn't hurt to take what I can from a second look.
 
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