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During the winter months, many cyclists take on a steady diet of traditional base training: long, slow zone 2 or “aerobic” training rides. For years, this has been the gospel for cyclists of all types, from the pros down to the greenest cat 5 racers, from endurance riders to crit racers to gran fondo riders. The question is, with all the science coming out touting the benefits of high-intensity interval training, are those long base miles the key to season-long success or are they doing more harm than good?
In today's podcast, I'll explore the concept of traditional base training, how it's supposed to be done, who needs that traditional base training and who doesn't need it. I'll also give you a way to compromise on your traditional base training which can help you maintain your high-end fitness throughout your base period and leave you stronger and fresher during the season.
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Last time on the Tailwind Coaching Podcast, I talked about the science behind high intensity interval training. In the end of that podcast, I said that I'd be back to talk about how to program high intensity interval training into your schedule and avoid some of the pitfalls that typically plague the HIT protocol. I also said I'd give you a few different kinds of workouts to try adding to your training sessions. You'll find those at the end of these show notes; all you have to do is share this podcast with your friends or get yourself signed on to the Tailwind Coaching Newsletter to download them.
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For a long time it's been said that the ticket to aerobic fitness is lots of riding at moderate paces. High intensity interval training was only for racers or competitive cyclists preparing for a hard event. The problem with that concept is that most cyclists have jobs, families and other commitments that prevent them from spending 25 hours per week training. They want to be fast, but they don't have the time to train to be fast. There has to be some way to boost fitness in less time.
High intensity interval training is the answer to that question.
What exactly is high intensity interval training? Why does it work so well? How does it help to build fitness so quickly? In this episode of the Tailwind Coaching podcast I'll cover the science behind high intensity interval training and explain how it can help you boost your fitness in a fraction of the time you might usually spend.
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Many cyclists believe that “riding more” is an ideal way to build more fitness. A large portion of their training is made up of “objective-less” rides in which they don't have any fitness goal other than to ride their bike. In reality, more focused training will help you see greater fitness gains in a shorter time, but that doesn't mean you have to go all out and follow a strict training plan.
In this short video podcast, I'll give you 3 tips to gain fitness on any ride you go out for. Whether you want to crush your group ride, start a race or hit that 18MPH average on your local neighborhood loop, these tips will springboard your fitness to the next level, create a functional fitness base you can build on and set you up for future success.
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Core strength is something that most cyclists know about, but don't tend to train very often. Even if they do train core strength and stability during the off-season (or the “not so off season” as I call it) they tend to ignore it again once the weather turns nice and on-bike training begins in earnest.
That mistake could not be more damaging to your season long cycling progression.
As you'll learn in this podcast, the core of your body is one of the most important parts of your power production on the bike. A weak core can lead to a variety of problems from neck and low back pain to loss of power, fatigue on long rides and unrealized power. So click through and start learning about what your core is, why core strength is so important and how you can build core strength with a free preview download of my upcoming Unbreakable Core Stability training plan.
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