I have 3 “setups” I am comparing that I could use some help on, where the first setup feels really difficult and I’m struggling to complete workouts on it.
A) 2023 Trek Domane SL6 on a Kickr V5
B) 2011 Trek 2.1 on a Kickr Core
C) 2023 Trek Domane SL6 Outdoors (no trainer)
(SETUP A - Indoor) In particular, I am finding it really hard to pedal on the setup (A) Domane SL6 + Kickr V5 or find a gear that I can find like ~200-220 watts with a cadence around 75-80. On one higher gear, I’m getting a lot of resistance to keep a good cadence and I start dropping to 70 or lower. On a lower gear I’m shooting up to 85 with what I feel like is very little to no resistance. I feel like I’m missing something ‘in-between.’ I find it hard to ride on that higher gear and keep a consistent rotation, and yet not enough resistance on the lower gear. This results in what I feel like is lower power output from me, where because I struggle to obtain a good strong consistent rotation on setup (A) my legs tire against what I feel like is a lot of resistance or not enough. My last 5 rides on setup (A) have the following Zwift stats: 185W/73rpm averages, 203W/74rpm, 198W/71rpm, 190W/71rpm, 190W/73rpm.
Note for Setup (A) I do have power meter pedals on my bike and I have confirmed the power reported by the Kickr V5 and the Garmin power pedals are the same.
(SETUP B - Indoor) I find I am able to hit a gear where I get resistance but not so much I feel like I’m constantly pulling and tiring, and as a result am able to get better power and not tiring as easily. This is the 2011 Trek 2.1 on the Kickr Core. For comparison, its last 5 rides are: 212W/72rpm, 207W/70rpm, 213W/74rpm, 219W/75rpm, 198W/72rpm.
(SETUP C - Outdoor) Here are some statistics from my last 5 rides: 209W/77rpm, 196W/79rpm, 215W/75rpm, 198W/78rpm, 200W/74rpm.
Would greatly appreciate any help/thoughts on this. There’s so many variables in each setup. Kickr vs. Kickr Core. Domane 11 speed gearing vs. Trek 2.1 9 speed gearing. Indoor, outdoor. But overall I have just felt like Setup A I in particular struggle with to not feel so much resistance to get this feeling of constantly pulling. Even on 0% or -1% grade in Zwift I feel like I’m really hard to just achieve the lower power output than I am in the other setups.