This workout is the perfect session to start building your fitness as you either get back into training or as you build an aerobic base over winter/spring. This workout 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.
Power-Based Steady State Trainer Session I
- 10min WU Level II;
- 3x 30sec High Cadence, 30sec Easy Pedalling;
- 3min Level II;
- 2min Level III;
- 2min Level II;
- 4min Level III,
- 1min Level IV;
- 2:30min Level II RI;
- 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, riding for ten minutes.
The next phase is basically an extension of the Warm Up (WU) by doing some technique work pedalling at a high cadence (above 100RPM) for 30 seconds followed up with some easy pedalling for 30 seconds. Repeat that 3 times. The intensity is then ramped up starting with three minutes at Level II, before picking the effort up to Level III for two minutes, with some recovery at Level II for two minutes before entering the main set.
The main set includes four reps of five minutes duration. This is split up with the first four minutes at Level III, followed by one minutes at Level IV. After each rep ride gently at Level II for two and a half minutes as your Rest Interval (RI).
Conclude the ride with a cool down (CD) of ten minutes riding at Level II.
Finish with ten minutes stretching to assist with the recovery.
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