This session is a great way to develop sustained speed.
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.
10 Minutes of Pain (MOP)
- 10min Warm Up Level II;
- 8min Level IV, 2min Level II RI;
- 5x 1min Level V, 1min Level II RI;
- 10min Cool Down Level II;
- 10min Stretching
The first 10 minutes of the warm up should be done at an intensity that is steady but not over consuming at Level II.
The main set kicks off with eight minutes riding at Level IV. Stick to a cadence of about 90Rpm or a touch higher. Recover for two minutes at Level II whilst still maintaining a cadence of about 90Rpm or a touch higher.
After those two minutes Rest Interval (RI) increase the effort up to Level V and also increase the cadence to greater than 100 Rpm for a minute. Drop back for a minute back at Level II. Alternate like this for a total of five reps.
After you have completed that return back to the 8 minutes and repeat the main set for a second time prior to doing the cool down at Level II 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.
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 is a triathlon coach who specialises in coaching beginner and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. He can be contacted at email@example.com and 021 348 729. Make sure you sign up to his monthly informative newsletter.
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