Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: Intensity Mix Up

This session is great for developing your fitness through a range of intensities.

Each Wednesday I’ll post a Wind Trainer session that you can do in about 60 minutes to enhance your cycling. See a 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.

This session is my version of a workout by Bethany Rutledge coaching director of the Atlanta Tri Club and owner and head coach of Energy Lab Power Cycling Studio.

Intensity Mix Up

  • 5min Warm Up Level II;
  • 4x 1min 95+RPM, 30sec Level II RI;
  • 4x 30sec SLD, 30sec Level II RI;
  • 3x 7min Level IV, 3min RI Level II;
  • 8x 40sec Level V, 20sec RI Level II;
  • 7min Cool Down Level II;
  • 10min Stretching

Start the workout with a warm up of five minutes easy riding at Level II. Then introduce some higher cadence reps. Do four reps each one minute long where you maintain a cadence greater than 95 Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), interspace these reps with 30 seconds Rest Intervals (RI) of easy riding at Level II. Conclude the warm up with four reps of 30 seconds Single Leg Drill (SLD) where you unclip one leg and pedal with a single leg to develop the ability to pedal complete circles. Do two reps on each leg, alternating between them. For the Rest Interval (RI) clip back in and pedal with both legs for the 30 seconds between reps at Level II.

For the main set complete three reps of seven minutes riding at Level IV, with a three minute Rest Interval (RI) between reps ridden at Level II.

To conclude the workout finish with eight reps of 40 seconds at Max effort (Level V), and 20 seconds of gentle pedalling at Level II between each rep for a Rest Interval (RI).

Conclude the ride with seven minutes riding at Level II for your Cool Down.

Finish with ten minutes stretching to assist with your recovery.

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 www.qwik.kiwi, ray@qwikkiwi.com and 021 348 729. Make sure you sign up to his monthly informative newsletter.

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