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Jon Kaslow started cycling on a whim, but this busy rider used TrainerRoad’s low-volume plans to dramatically improve his FTP. His strategies are a great example for any time-crunched athlete.
Events are cancelled, and athletes are wondering whether to continue their training plans or restart base. With consistency, this season can have long term benefits either way.
Cycling is usually thought of as cardiovascular activity and rightly so. But bike riding also works the skeletal muscles. The production of power to drive the pedals involves complex activation of several muscle groups. Of course, the muscles most used in cycling are the legs, but you use muscle groups through the trunk and upper body. Depending on your cycling discipline, the level activation of these groups will vary.
Sweet spot training is one of the most effective and efficient ways to train. However, there are times when you can take a break from the intensity and reap the benefits of a long endurance ride. You can address your aerobic base, experiment with nutrition, and prepare for your event by substituting an endurance ride in place of a sweet spot workout.
Cycling intensity levels are commonly organized into Power Zones, with each zone matching a percentage of your FTP. Balancing time in power zones is crucial to proper training.
A well-structured training plan progressively increases your Functional Threshold Power (FTP). Increasing your FTP increases your ability to hold higher power values longer making you a faster cyclist.
Use breathing to your advantage. You can improve performance, mental stamina, and focus with respiratory muscle training and active breathing techniques.
For many cyclists, short, high-intensity efforts are fairly comfortable and cause little fatigue. These riders may be tempted to train only with short intervals, even if their goal events require more sustained power. For reasons both physiological and psychological, this isn’t the most beneficial path.
Sweet Spot training is one of the most effective and efficient for cyclists to improve. With the right structure and training plan, you can let Sweet Spot training take your cycling performance to the next level.
Everybody struggles to complete a workout every once in a while. With the right workout modifications, you can make sure that you are getting the most out of your work, even when you’re not at your best.
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