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Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: 220’s Kitchen Sink

This is a windtrainer session that is great for a range of different components of fitness. It’s a fantastic workout to include some variety and interest into your training whilst it is bleak and glum outside.  It’s perfect for triathletes, road cyclists and mountain bikers alike.

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.

This workout is based on a session from 220 Magazine, you can read the original article here.

220’s Kitchen Sink

  • 10min Level II WU;
  • 10x 30sec Spin Ups Level II 110Rpm+, 30sec Level II 90-100Rpm;
  • 5x 1min Level IV seated 80-90Rpm, 1min Level IV BG standing;
  • 1min Level II RI;
  • 4x 30sec Level V Sprint, 90sec Level II RI;
  • 1min Level II RI;
  • 10min Level IV 90-100Rpm;
  • 10min Level II CD;
  • 10min Stretching

The warm up (WU) should be done at an intensity that is steady but not over consuming at Level II for ten minutes.

The main sets are conducted in four blocks of ten minutes.

The first block is Spin Ups done at Level II. For 30 second spin at a high cadence of at least 110 Rpm or higher, then drop the cadence to 90-100 Rpm for 30 seconds. Repeat a total of ten times, totalling ten minutes.

The second ten minute set is a simulated mixed hill climb. Start off in a gear riding against a resistance that has you riding at a cadence of 80-90 Rpm at Level IV. After one minute riding like this change up a couple of gears to a Big Gear (BG), stand up and continue riding at Level IV for one minute. Repeat a total of five times, totalling ten minutes.

The second ten minute block starts off with a 60 second Rest interval riding at Level II before moving into a set of four 30 second long Max sprints at Level V. Make sure you have a high resistance and are in a big gear. Start each sprint from a standing start. Once you get on top of the gear, sit down and keep sprinting to the completion of the 30 seconds. After each sprint, drop the resistance down and ride at Level II for 90 seconds for your Rest Interval (RI). After your fourth Rest Interval (RI) in this set, continue riding for another 60 seconds at Level II to round out the ten minute block.

The final set is a ten minute Time Trial (TT) where you maintain Level IV and 90-100 Rpm for a full ten minutes.

The Cool Down (CD) is at a low intensity (Level II) for a minimum of ten minutes.

Finish with 10 minutes stretching to assist with the recovery.

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 coachray@coachray.nz and 021 348 729.

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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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