I'm not a big fan of exhausting myself. I always pace myself with light power output. My motto is: "If my muscles burn I'm doing something wrong" contrary to what my dad once tried to teach me. Long live high cadence easy pedaling.
This graph is from my recent 190km tour. You can see my steady high cadence over all kinds of speeds. That's exactly what I want to achieve.
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