Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: 6x 3min VO2 Max & Threshold Intervals

This session is a great way to develop your top end speed and power, as well as working on your sustained pace. 

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.

6x 3min VO2 Max + 30min Threshold

  • 10min Warm Up Level II;
  • 6x 3min Level V, 3min Level II RI;
  • 30min Level IV;
  • 10min Cool Down Level II;
  • 10min Stretching

Start the workout with a warm up of 10 minutes easy riding at Level II.

The main set involves completing six reps that are three minutes long. Commence each rep by accelerating up to Level V which is an intensity of speed/power that you can maintain for a full three minutes.  Your cadence should be somewhere around 90-100 rpm. This acceleration should be done inside the first 15 seconds of the rep. Hold this pace for the remainder of the three minute interval. After each repetition take a three minute Rest Interval (RI) at Level II.

After the sixth Rest Interval (RI) you are straight into a 30 minute section all done at Level IV. As with the VO2 Max intervals keep your cadence around 90-100 rpm and keep your intensity nice and consistent.

Conclude the intervals with ten minutes riding at Level II for your Cool Down.

Finish with ten minutes stretching to assist with your recovery.

This workout is really beneficial to do as part of a four week training cycle:

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 coachray@coachray.nz and 021 348 729. Make sure you sign up to his monthly informative newsletter.

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