There was a recent study, the implications of which are pretty much; that those traffic light stops will deliver a longer duration at peak stroke volume during Z2 endurance outings. In other words they may actually be beneficial when looking at improving stroke volume.
Stroke volume is a measure how healthy your heart is. It measures how much blood is pumped with each beat of your heart. A healthy heart can pump more blood with each beat, which is good for your body. The more blood per beat, the more efficient your heart is; the better your endurance will be.
Just finished the podcast. This actually nailed it.
10 x 1hr Z2 workouts has a similar effect to 2 x 5 hr Z2 workouts. As others have said it’s about overall volume. Of course there are other adaptations to be gained from a longer ride but to answer my own question; No they are not a waste of time.
Oh I think there’s definitely value in the long ride. The long endurance ride is a staple of my weekly riding. But I also have a medium duration endurance ride, then a shorter endurance ride in the week.
If you can have a consistent 4-5 day frequency each week, that includes the long endurance ride; you are on to a winner.
The “Is one 5 hour ride better than 5 x 1 hour?” comes up a few times. But I’d be interested to hear of someone in real life who has that choice. If you can do 1 x 5 hour or could do 5 x 1 hour; why can’t you do 4 x 1 hour plus 1 x 5 hour? If you have 5 hours you can spare in one block on a day during the week; how does doing 4 x 1 hour on other days of the week subtract from it?
I reckon most people on social media could free up quite a few hours by getting off it and riding instead.
We have no idea what constrictions others have in their ride schedule……young kids, demanding jobs, ”honey-do” lists, etc. If someone says “I only have X hours to train in these chunks, how can I maximize it”, we should accept it. Asking someone to go from 5x1 hour / day to 9 hours / week with one 5 hour ride is a probably not realistic for many.
It really isn’t an either / or scenario. I use social media as my “coffee break” at work….we Ave a small office and there aren’t many people to socialize with, so I take mini-breaks on here. It isn’t like I can save up those mini-breaks and then suddenly have an extra hour or two to ride that day.