Every workout in a training plan is there for a reason. Sometimes, the purpose is obvious— long threshold workouts prepare you for a time trial, while criterium racers benefit from high-intensity repeats. But some plans also include relatively easy, hour-long endurance spins between harder days. What’s the point of these workouts, and is it ok to skip them?
Mid-volume training plans are best for athletes who can handle a higher training load but still want flexibility in their training schedules. You can determine if mid-volume is right for you by looking at your current training volume, goals, fitness, and schedule.
It might seem logical that more training makes you faster, but big volume and intensity can sometimes do more harm than good. The minimum effective dose of training strikes a healthy balance, ensuring consistent improvement over the long term.
The Training Elements of Getting Faster are ten training principles, that when actively applied to your training, can help you get faster and make the most of your hard work.
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How to quickly recognize and treat hyponatremia, how to get faster with a low TSS training plan, how EPO and your hematocrit affect your performance and more in Episode 271 of The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.
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.
Why bonking on your rides is not making you faster, how to know if you are going deep enough in your workouts, Improving the efficiency of your training in low and high volume training plans and more in Episode 261 of The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.
When you have extra time to train, you can enhance your training plan with additional workouts and maintenance activities. Adding extra training can be beneficial when added appropriately.
Group Workouts are here so you can train and get faster with your friends, plus optimal indoor cycling setups for all budgets, how to add volume to your training and more in Episode 253 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.