This session will help you work hard then recover quickly, before working extra hard.
Each Wednesday I’ll post a Wind Trainer session that you can do in under 60 minutes to enhance your cycling. See the previous post about training intensity (Levels) to know how hard to work. If you are working directly with Coach Ray he will in most cases prescribe either a Power Zone or Heart Rate Zone to work within if you are training with these tools.
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- 10min Warm Up Level II;
- 4 sets of:
- 5min Level IV (Hard),
- 1min Level I RI,
- 2min Level V (VERY HARD),
- 2min Level I RI;
- 10min Cool Down Level I-II;
- 10min Stretching
The warm up should be done at an intensity that is steady but not over consuming at Level II.
The main set includes four reps of a ‘double dose‘ of both Threshold and VO2 Max work. Start with 5 minutes at Level IV (threshold) then drop the pace back and spin for 1 minute for a Rest Interval (RI). Then drop the hammer and really lift the intensity for 2 minutes of maximal work at Level V (VO2 Max) prior to 2 minutes RI spinning to recover prior to repeating it all for a total of 4 times.
The cool down is at a low intensity for ten minutes.
Finish with 10 minutes stretching to assist with your recovery. This isn’t necessarily included in the 60 minute workout and can be conducted whilst showering post workout.
This session can also be done out on the road just as easily as on a wind trainer, but is a lot more effective on the wind trainer. Push yourself hard in this session and you will find your form will come on nicely.
If you would like further advice feel free to contact Coach Ray.
Coach Ray is the Head Coach & Director of Qwik Kiwi – Endurance Sports Consultant.
Coach Ray specialises in assisting first timers and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. He can be contacted at www.qwik.kiwi, email@example.com and 021 348 729. Make sure you sign up to his monthly informative newsletter.
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