This session is a great way to develop your average power for endurance events. It’s perfect for triathletes, road cyclists and also mountain bikers.
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.
Gale Bernhardt’s Miracle Intervals #1
- 20min Warm Up Level II;
- 3x 20sec Level V+, 4:40min Level II RI;
- 3x 10sec Level V+, 4:40min Level II RI;
- 10min Cool Down Level II;
- 10min Stretching
Start the workout with a warm up of 20 minutes easy riding at Level II.
The main set involves two sets. The first set is made up of three reps that are 20 seconds long at Level V+. After each rep take a Rest Interval (RI) at Level II for four minutes and forty seconds (to round out a five minute block).
The second set is made up of three reps that are ten seconds long at Level V+. After each rep take a Rest Interval (RI) at Level II for four minutes and fifty seconds (to round out a five minute block).
Conclude the intervals with ten minutes riding at Level II for your Cool Down.
Finish with ten minutes stretching to assist with your recovery.
I drew inspiration for this article from Gale Bernhardt’s article on Training Peaks.: http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/all-out-miracle-intervals-to-improve-average-power-for-endurance-events
If you enjoyed this workout, here is another workout from last year for you to try:
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