By Coach John Hughes Intensity training doesn’t mean hammering. It means simply training at the right intensities to improve your performance, i.e., pedaling somewhat harder than normal. Intensity training is like prescription medicine. If you take the right medicine you’ll get better. If you take the wrong medicine you won’t get better and you might even get … [Read more...] about 6 Kinds of Intensity Training: Which One Is Best for You?
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By Coach John Hughes Intensity workouts are like a prescription medicine. The right medicine in the right amounts improves health. The right medicine taken too frequently, or in the wrong amounts or the wrong medicine doesn't help you and may hurt you. I’ve written two related columns: 6 kinds of intensity: which one is right for you?Why increasing intensity is good for … [Read more...] about Intensity Done Correctly Produces Results
QUESTION: My cycling buddies say I should be doing intervals if I want to become a better cyclist. But I find them boring and painful. Can I just race on Zwift instead? - Landon J RBR REPLIES: Why ride painful intervals when you can simply race on Zwift to increase your fitness? If you're training so that you can race better, wouldn't it make more sense to just train by … [Read more...] about Zwift Races vs. Intervals: Which is better for fitness?
By Coach John Hughes It depends on how much riding you did over the fall and what your objectives are. Elizabeth Wicks races 12- and 24-hour events. Last week I discussed how 76-year-old Wicks trains for sustained speed. She does a specific type of intensity training, sweet spot workouts (described below), which are the optimal way to build sustained power. … [Read more...] about Should You Do Intensity Training This Winter? (Part 2)
By Coach John Hughes It depends on how much riding you did over the fall and what your objectives are. This week I discuss how a 76-year-old woman trains for speed. Next week I’ll describe how a 62-year-old man should train for climbing power. … [Read more...] about Should You Do Intensity Training This Winter? (Part 1)