Let’s say we have two cyclists doing the same workout, in this example, Lamarck. If both are unable to complete the workout, is it better to take a longer break during the rest periods by back pedaling for a minute or to simply knock down the intensity say 5% for the later intervals. By taking extra time, each interval is completed at 100%. By backing off the power 5% for two of the intervals, each rest period is only as long as prescribed, keeping HR up the entire time.
This happened recently with my friend and I and we are curious as to what the best way to “fail” a workout is. We’re thinking it also depends on the type of workout, as in, don’t take longer breaks during 30/30s or don’t back down the intensity too much for VO2 Max intervals.
I’d be interested to hear what others think.