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Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: Matt McElroy’s Endurance Booster

Endurance is predominantly built with longer, lower intensity efforts. This isn’t necessarily the most exhilarating training but by including a range of Level III and some short Level IV intervals the training stimulus can be increased, as well as the mental stimulus of a session. This session is great for triathletes, road cyclists, and mountain bikers.

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.

The inspiration for this session comes from an article on Triathlete.com, you can read the article here.  Matt McElroy is an American ITU triathlete who is planning on venturing into the longer Ironman 70.3 distance.

Matt McElroy’s Endurance Booster

  • 16min WU Level II;
  • 3x 2min Level III, 3min Level II RI;
  • 5min Level I RI;
  • 2x 3min Level III, 3min Level IV, 2min Level III;
  • 8min CD Level II;
  • 10min Stretching

Start the workout with a sixteen minute Warm Up (WU) riding at Level II. Start with twelve minutes between 50 & 65% of your Functional Threshold Power (FTP) and then finish with four minutes riding between 65 & 76% of your FTP.

There are two main sets. The first is made up of three, two-minute reps at Level III, ride this at 90 to 90% FTP. Take a three minute Rest Interval (RI) riding at Level II, between 55 & 65% of your FTP.

Ride for five minutes at Level I as a Rest Interval (RI) prior to your next set.

The second set is made up of two reps. Each rep is eight minutes long. Start the rep with three minutes riding at Level III (80 to 90% of your FTP), then increase your effort for three minutes at Level IV (90 to 100% FTP). Finish each rep with two minutes at Level III (75 to 80% FTP – slightly lower than the start of the rep). Complete your second eight minute rep before the Cool Down (CD).

Complete a Cool Down (CD) for eight minutes at Level II.

Finish with ten minutes of 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 coachray@coachray.nz and 021 348 729. Make sure you sign up for my informative newsletter.

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