I’m sure this has all been covered a thousand times but I just wanted to post about a few small changes that have really made training in this last block much more manageable.
Small gear for ERG on the Kickr - this one has been discussed on the podcast many times but for some reason i always stuck it in the big dog and hammered away. The short shorts in the short power build and criterium plans are nigh on impossible with this setup as the flywheel just takes so long to wind down in the short 15 sec rests between intervals. 34/25 gearing has made this transition smooth and hugely improves the workout quality.
Ant+ connection for PowerTap P1 pedals - I did not realise until recently that my P1’s were only connecting to the left pedal via Bluetooth on my phone, this applies to all power based pedals except the Assioma’s apparently. Once i connected via ANT+ i got both pedals and a much smoother experience with ERG and powermatch.
Mindfulness - Sounds hippy but I’m not talking about meditation here but being more conscious of whats going on when things start to get tough. Today in Lamarck, which is 4 x 10 at FTP with 2 min rest between, I found myself really getting fidgety and wanting to pull the pin in the final 3 mins of the last 2 intervals. I just kept saying " Whats actually hurting?" and surprisingly i always realised that aside from some mild muscle discomfort i was actually feeling fine and I managed to also get my breathing back under control and finish the interval.
That’s all really but I thought I would share as I have really found the intervals more enjoyable with these 3 small changes. Hope it can help someone else.