A threshold is your ability to ride at a sustained pace for a longer period of time. Building your ability to sustain this pace or to ride at a higher intensity will provide big dividends. This is a perfect workout for triathletes, mountain bikers, and road cyclists.
Each Wednesday I’ll post a Windtrainer Workout 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.
Cycling Today Stairway to Heaven
- 5min WU Level II;
- 5x 10sec Level V, 50sec Level II RI;
- 3x 6min (gear shift at 3min & 5min) Level IV, 2min Level II RI;
- 10min Level II CD;
- 10min Stretching
The definitions for training intensities can be found in this article.
This workout uses a Warm Up (WU) that includes a range of intensities to prepare you for the intervals that will follow. Start off with five minutes of riding at Level II before including five, short ten-second sprints at Level V every minute. Start with the lower number of reps and build the number of reps completed over the coming weeks.
The main set is made up of three reps at Level IV for six minutes. Ride these in the big ring but in the middle of the cluster. After three minutes click up two gears and maintain the same cadence for two minutes. Then at the five-minute mark change up a gear for the last minute and also maintain your cadence from before. For your Rest Interval (RI) between reps drop it down to the small ring and spin along at Level II for two minutes.
The Cool Down (CD) is at a low intensity riding at Level II for a minimum of ten minutes.
Finish with 10 minutes of stretching to assist with the recovery.
If you would like further advice feel free to contact me.
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