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Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: Preparing for Climbing

This hill simulation ride will develop both your VO2 max and threshold intensities to enable you to climb stronger and more solidly over a range of hills for short punchy climbs to longer sustained efforts. 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 week’s session you will need a bit more than the normal hour as it will take 1:40hr to complete. Inspiration for today’s session comes from Taylor Thomas of Thomas Endurance Coaching. The full article can be found here.

Prepare For Climbing

  • 10min WU Level II;
  • 5x 1min Level II, 30sec Level III RI;
  • 5min Level II RI;
  • 3x 10min (2min Level V Standing, 8min Level IV Seated), 10min Level II RI;
  • 17:30min CD Level II;
  • 10min Stretching

Start the workout with a Warm Up (WU) of ten minutes easy riding at Level II.

Prior to the Main Set, you will do what is known as a primer set to elevate your HR a little prior to the main set. Complete five reps starting at Level II for a minute then increase your effort to Level III for 30 seconds and repeat five times.

After the primer set, ride easy at Level II for five minutes prior to the Main Set.

The Main Set involves three reps of ten minutes effort.  The first two minutes are done standing out of the saddle at Level V, then settle into the seat and maintain Level IV for the remaining eight minutes. After this ten minute effort take a ten minute Rest Interval (RI) by riding at Level II.

Once you’ve completed your three reps conclude the workout with 17:30 minutes riding at Level II for your Cool Down (CD).

Finish with ten minutes stretching to assist with your 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 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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