bauerb said:so I do my usual 30min moderate spin on the trainer last night, and since I had a few more minutes to kill, I was thinking about what to do. I remembered a post awhile back about pedaling with one leg as an exercise in pedaling technique. so I figured what the heck, I'll do 1min intervals alternating legs, and try to maintain a cadence of 85-90. well let me tell you, this was quite the eye opener. I first started and it immediately felt like I was pedaling ovals. kind of limping alongL slow through the 6-12 position, just cresting over through 12, then hard/fast down to six, etc. it was very awkward. I wear spd's so I thought: I need to smooth out the power by pulling through 6-12. that obviously helped alot, but now my hip flexors and hamstrings start burning. those 1 minute intervals all the sudden were very long.
I would say this: for anyone new to cycling, it can be very hard to grasp the concept of push/pull all the way around the pedal stroke when you are you 2 legs. its just too hard to isolate the 6-12 position on each leg. I plan to do alot more of these 1 leg intervals because I am so obviously in need of practicing. and BTW, powering through the last 15secs or so of each interval felt exactly the same as when I am mt. biking and riding at an impossibly slow cadence, trying to power up a steep technical pitch over rocks/roots whatever, wherever since you are pedaling so slow, all positions of the pedal stroke are vital. trainers are broing, so I think 1 legged intervals are a great use of time
you're ok... when most people first go to one-legged drills they feel like they are pedalling squares