Interval training is a fundamental component of a dedicated cyclist's training scheme. But have you ever wondered if there is an optimal way to pace that 5x5 session you love so much? What if you go out too hard or too easy? What if you ride at the steady pace pre-set for you on an erg? Is there any differences in training outcomes for different interval pacing stategies? Join us on another deep dive into the literature to see if we can answer any of these questions and more!
1:30 A training advice anecdote
6:40 Interval pacing athlete conversation
9:45 Oxygen-deficit and ‘lag’ in VO2 increase during an interval
15:20 What is the purpose of interval training?
21:55 Which specific intervals are we looking at?
24:00 How much time can you spend at >90%VO2max during a session
29:35 Where does the research currently sit?
43:30 How can we apply this research to design an interval session?
46:45 Which athletes will ‘declining intensity’ or ‘fast-start’ intervals work best for?
50:55 Non-physiological factors around interval pacing
54:35 Being aware of power as an external measure
62:25 Making use of the limited research available
66:00 Applications and conclusions
The slow component of O2 uptake kinetics during heavy exercise
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Jason Boynton, Ph.D. - sport scientist and cycling coach
Cyrus Monk - professional cyclist and cycling coach
Damian Ruse - professional cycling coach
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