I’m still learning a lot of the TR workouts! I have seen people say the Needles workout was rough, I completed the perpendicular and earlier in week and they layout regimen for the needles looks alot less intense - curious to how you all see the two comparing! Thanks guys -
well I did both this week, so I know! Honestly, both quite doable for me. Perpendicular is easier in my opinion due to the equal work/rest intervals and when you’re resting it’s at recovery watts, whereas with needles it’s 4.5min of being on, because even the 88% is only a slight respite from the 110% portions. Obviously both types of vo2 workouts have their place for different types of stimulus
Perpendicular is a VO2max 4.1, whereas Needles-4 is VO2max 4.6.
Also, Needles is what TR calls “Float Sets”, which feel quite a bit different than on/offs like Perpendicular (45/45). You might find yourself being better at one versus the other. Or maybe not. You’ll soon find out!
Float Sets are very productive, IME. Needles appears to be a new workout that rolled out earlier this year. The original Float Set progression in Short Power Build was Pierce → Whiteface → Mitchell. This was before Workout Progression Levels existed.
Mitchell was an absolute killer. VO2max 7.8, apparently.
Sweet this is awesome, thanks so much for the reply!!!
Oh I didn’t think abt the intensity of recovery interverals oh this is going to be fun
Perp was very easy I felt
About to do needles
Half way done. Needles takes more focus. Not really harder. My cad isn’t as smooth due to ups and downs would rather do 45sec on and 1min at 88% no rest since the erg doesn’t like it
My hammer 2 hates this workout. It’s all over the place.
interesting, my hammer 1 didn’t seem to have much issue with this one. I keep my bike on 50-17
Needles was much more intense for me must be how I’m laced lol!