Super-Maximum Sustainable Power (SMSP) Intervals are a great way to increase your maximum sustainable power output and develop your work capacity at non-sustainable levels. Due to the intensity involved these intervals improve both aerobic and anaerobic capacity of all muscle fibre types. 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.
For this weeks session you will need a bit more than the normal hour as it will take 1:32hr to complete.
4x 6x 1min SMSP Intervals
- 10min WU Level II;
- 2 sets of
- 4x 4min Level V, 4min Level II RI;
- 8min Level II between sets;
- 10min CD Level II;
- 10min Stretching
Start the workout with a Warm Up (WU) of ten minutes easy riding at Level II.
The main set (which you do two sets of) is made up of four reps at Level V for four minutes, with a four minute Rest Interval (RI) at Level II between reps. Once you’ve done your four reps, ride gently at Level II for eight minutes and then complete the next set to complete a total of two sets.
Conclude the workout with ten minutes riding at Level II for your Cool Down (CD).
Finish with ten minutes stretching to assist with your recovery.
This workout was inspired by an article from David Morris’ book Performance Cycling.
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