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Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: Six to Eight

This session is a great way to develop your ability to maintain a nice steady Time Trial (TT) pace.

Each Wednesday I’ll post a Windtrainer Workout 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.

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I’ve been reading some old magazines lately.  This session was inspired by a workout by Dave Scott in the June 1996 issue of Inside Triathlon. I’ve modified and simplified it to make it suitable for this series of workouts. For those unfamiliar with Dave Scott he won the Hawaii Ironman six times in the eighties. Since then no-one has managed to win more Hawaii titles than he did. His nickname was ‘The Man’!!! In 1989 he raced in what became known as Iron War, where he went head to head with Mark Allen in what many consider the greatest Ironman race of all time. Dave finished second beating his own course record in the process.

Six to Eight

  • 10min Warm Up Level II;
  • 3x
    • 6min BG Level III-IV (4min standing, 2min sitting);
    • 8min Level II-III (TT position);
  • 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 overconsuming at Level II.

The main set Is made up of two sections neither of which is either a high intense effort or a low intensity recovery or rest interval. You complete three repetitions of six minutes at Level III-IV then eight minutes at the slightly lower intensity of Level II-III. The six minute segment is done in a Big Gear (BG). The first four minutes of this section of the interval is done standing, with the last two minutes sitting down on your saddle. In the eight minutes segment you ride at the slightly lower intensity of Level II-III and in your TT position. This will take 14 minutes (six minutes plus eight minutes) and then be repeated a total of three times.

Conclude the ride with a Cool Down of ten minutes riding at Level II.

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.

Here is my data from doing this workout.

If you would like further advice feel free to contact me.

I am the Head Coach & Director of Qwik Kiwi – Endurance Sports Consultant.

I specialise in assisting first timers and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. I can be contacted at and 021 348 729. Make sure you sign up to my informative newsletter.

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