He guys, great session. Thx for doing these. Just wanted to share my perspective/experience with ERG.
I started my training a few years ago and did most of my indoor training in ERG mode. It made the workouts “easy” to follow because the trainer did all the thinking for me.
Fast forward to today, and I have a new coach who is very experienced. He specifically tells us no ERG mode because part of his training includes control. Controlling power specifically. His efforts have lots of cadence changes with standing and seated efforts and controlling the power is part of the workout. He looks at the std deviation of each effort to measure control. I’ve found that doing workouts without ERG on a rolling terrain in zwift while trying to control the power and hitting specific power numbers is very challenging. It also brings a new mental challenge and I suspect it works more muscles.
So for me, transitioning away from ERG has improved my cycling skills and strength.