Sweet Spot intervals are a great way to increase your tolerance to riding hard. Use this workout to boost your speed and endurance. This is great for all cyclists including mountain bikers and triathletes.
Each Wednesday I’ll post a windtrainer 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.
I’m more of a fan of longer warm ups, so ensure that the muscles are fully warm. I’ve modified Zwift’s workout by extending the warm up. Zwift is a massively multiplayer online cycling and running game and training programme that enables users all over the world to interact, train and compete in a virtual world.
Zwift’s SST Short
- 10min WU Level II;
- 4x 5min Level IV, 5min Level III;
- 10min CD Level I-II;
- 10min Stretching
The warm up (WU) should be done at an intensity that is steady but not over consuming at Level II. Ride for a minimum of 10 minutes.
The main set: ride hard for five minutes at Level IV, then decrease the intensity down to Level III for the next five minutes (not a true Rest Interval (RI) but a decrease in intensity to allow some minor recovery). Repeat this set a total of four times.
Conclude the ride with a cool down (CD) of ten minutes riding at Level II.
Finish with 10 minutes stretching to assist with the recovery.
If you would like further advice feel free to contact me.
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