Cycling for me is the adventure of a long ride. An ultra event, or just a long solo ride exploring new roads, or remote areas with gravel roads and rough tracks.
But I’m also interested in having the best fitness that I can, and for the most part this is enough to motivate me through a training regime.
I enjoy racing too, but really only those that are about 3 hours or more. The shorter ones are more intense than I care for, and I also kind of suck at them.
But I understand the value of an overall decent power-duration curve, and I know I have to do anaerobic interval sessions if I’m going to perform at my best.
It’s just that trying to push the power-duration curve with breakthrough workouts is so daunting. Not just the anaerobic 1 minute intervals at a super high power, but also longer intervals, such as 40 minutes at slightly above FTP.
A pro has to put in this work, of course, but what about the rest of us? Perhaps this is why sweet spot is so appealing. Not just because you get a lot of training stress in a short time, but also because the workouts are easier (but not easy) to complete.
Many people enjoy the short, hard interval workouts, and dread the long, slow rides. But I suppose these are the fast twitch muscle fiber people who also do well in short races. The opposite of me.
As an amateur long distance type of rider, how do you motivate yourself to keep doing harder and harder interval workouts?