In case you missed it, we’re on a mission here at inGamba HQ. The lovable Jim Merithew suffered some health woes this spring and now needs to be whipped back into shape. At the same time, I’m queued up to share some of my experience as a World Tour professional to help Jim and you all become better, fitter, more focused cyclists. You can catch up on our earlier instalments here and here, or dive right in with one of the most important training tools out there.
It’s time to talk about Tempo! We’re starting with the basics, so this is something everyone can do. If you really want, later on we can take our training indoors and do all physiological testing that a number crunching PhD sports scientist drools over, but this is the kind of training required to get the discipline back into your weekly regime.
We’ll try for three-day blocks with the hope that you can link together three consecutive days and then rest one day. Three on, one off, three on, one off. There will be plenty of times when life gets in the way and that’s not possible, but let’s pretend it is right now.
The point here is to build momentum. That means both within the single day and then within the three-day block we are getting progressively more intense. So, work up a little sweat and with 15-20 minutes warmup before doing any kind of work and then let’s go to work.
Check back soon for more tips from Ted on how to train for Threshold and VO2 max.