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Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: Road Cycling UK’s Cadence Session

Improving your efficiency whilst pedalling at a higher cadence can decrease the amount of fatigue that you feel in your legs when racing and training. This session will help you develop that and is great for all cyclists including triathletes and mountain bikers.

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.

Inspiration for today’s session comes from George Scott from Road Cycling UK, The original post can be found here.

Road Cycling UK’s Cadence Session

  • 10min WU Level II;
  • 12min (alternating 1min 90Rpm, 1min 120Rpm);
  • 10min Level II;
  • 12min (alternating 1min 90Rpm, 1min 120Rpm);
  • 10-15min CD Level II;
  • 10min Stretching

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

The workout is made up of two, twelve-minute long reps that are separated by a ten minute Rest Interval (RI) at Level II. Within the twelve minutes of work you ride the first minute at a cadence of 90RPM, then the second minute at 120RPM. Continue alternating between the two cadences until you’ve ridden for the twelve minutes.

Conclude the workout with a Cool Down (CD) at a low intensity (Level II) for a minimum of ten minutes.

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 Coaching.

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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