20 Min Threshold Effort up a climb or on an uninterrupted stretch of flat road to determine training zones
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Find an uninterrupted stretch of road, free from stop signs/lights or longer descents. This needs to be a repeatable effort as you may test throughout the season.
Your goal is to put out the most power you can over 20 minutes, but also to be smooth & consistent as you perform the effort. Don't blow up in the first few minutes! Ask me for wattage pacing guidelines.
Zone 2 is your all day pace - the foundation of your aerobic engine. Choose flat roads for consistent pedalling (avoid prolonged downhill sections and sustained climbs)
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Zone 2 = 56 - 75% of your FTP & 69 - 83% of your Threshold Heart Rate
2 x 15 minutes ON (zone 3) 6 minutes OFF
Perform the Intervals by riding between 76-90% of your FTP. You should feel like you are working but not "suffering"
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Zone 5 intervals. FULL GAS
2 sets of 4 x 2 minutes on 2 minutes off
5 min b/w sets
Sweet Spot Training: 84 - 97% of your race pace. "Medium Hard" -- Harder than Tempo but not as hard as your race pace. Sweet Spot Wattage Zones 3/4 For more information about Sweet Spot Training please see: http://www.fascatcoaching.com/sweetspotpartdeux.html
2 sets of 4 x 3 minutes ON 3 minutes OFF FULL GAS; 6 min b/w sets
How To Perform VO2Max Intervals Properly:
The Right WAY and WRONG WAY:
Choose a flat to slightly uphill stretch of road that lasts at LEAST 3 minutes. Go back and forth if its a hill or continue on if flat-ish. Avoid downhill sections
4 x 8 minutes ON; 4 minutes recovery
Building a Hemi-Powered Aerobic Engine!
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