The training planFirst, whilst I recommend Carmichael’s method, I’m not so sure about the book, which is a padded introduction to the acronym filled world of interval sessions. If you’re new to training it will help you understand the various concepts but you can also do this by reading around the internet quite easily.
A new language
The intervalsThe novelty of intervals wears thin quick. An hour of suffering is not something to enjoy. Climbing on the bike is the hardest part. Once on, you bury yourself in pain and loud banging music. More times than not I would finish the session euphoric. Endorphin overload.
My training plan
The resultsI’m quicker and stronger that’s for sure. All of my local hill climb records have been smashed and I was no slouch before I began this plan. I cannot bore you with talk of improved FTP or my VO2 max because I trained by heart rate rather than power. This might be something I’ll look into next year.
The downsidesI missed ‘normal’ cycling. The plan is so focussed it leaves little room for other rides. On the rare occasion I put in extra miles I paid for it later in the week. That said I made sure one interval session a week was completed on the road rather than the turbo. Indoor cycling is focussed but it won’t improve your core strength as you would riding on the road. Plus the road is by far the most enjoyable session.
Should you start a training plan?
What next?Firstly I’m going to enjoy the fruits of my labour and continue smashing my way up steep hills in pursuit of seconds. The plan reckons you can sustain peak form for about 2-3 weeks if you’re lucky. Form is fleeting and I can already feel my legs emptying. I’m also looking forward to some ordinary riding with no intervals. Hoorah!
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