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How Intervals Can Help You Peak for Your ‘A’ Race

Will Leedham | 2 years ago


How much time did we spend over winter, daydreaming about the sunny afternoon rides to come? The smell of cut grass, sun cream, and chain grease as we rode over the dusty rolling hills of Surrey and Yorkshire? And how long did it take us to remember that this is the UK, and that is a total fantasy?

You’d be forgiven for thinking it was the autumn rather than the first days of July, with soggy leaves on the lanes, strong winds, and cold, heavy showers suppressing weekend rides more often than not. The fact I had to dig a pair of tights and a jacket out of my winter clothes this morning I find particularly upsetting.

We can’t let a little rain spoil our training, but for many the idea of another sodden club run can be too much to bear, even if we do have all the right kit.

Indoor training needn’t be reserved exclusively for the winter, and can be a useful tool for those miserable summer days and evenings too especially if you are in the peak phase of your training.

Before Joining Yellow Jersey, Patrick Canavan was whipping athletes into shape as a coach and running sub 15 min 5k’s.  He is a firm believer interval training and took a look back through some of the sessions he built for his clients and provide them to our readers in the form of handy PDF’s.

In Patrick’s opinion the winter is the time for building endurance, the summer is when you want to be working on your power. The 6 weeks leading up to your A-Race you should be, in his words, ‘sharpening the pencil’. These power training sessions below will help you do just that. From Patrick’s experience, ‘interval training done twice a week for a month improved racers’ 40k time-trial performances by 5% and boosted their peak power output by 3%.  So if you are training for an sprint or Olympic distance triathlon, a 10 or 25 mile road time trial or a local crit series dropping in these power sessions can’t hurt, can they?!

Indoor Power Training









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Will Leedham

| 2 years ago

About this author:
I wasn’t given the choice as to whether or not I wanted to get into cycling. My family bike shop (Leedham’s Leicester) was founded in the 1850’s, and to avoid bringing dishonour to my ancestors, took up the two wheels out of reluctant duty. That said I do head out for the odd spin and know rather a lot about bikes.

I take care of YJ’s digital marketing among other things. Ever noticed those ads that seem to follow you round the internet and all over Facebook? Yep, I’m that guy.
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