Sorry I know, I’ve searched through many other Vo2max threads but I can’t find the direct answer I need. Throughout time I’ve been rubbish at “long” 6-12 min at VO2max power or Z5. My coach knows this and we’ve had discussions but he insists on then for mid level competitive climbing for MTB Marathons / because I asked him to improve my climbing.
As noted on other threads here I’ve had a lot of success this year reverting to traditional rather than reverse periodisation.
So here I am, struggling to get through 3 x 10 mins at 105%. My question is twofold; Do I carry on trying? And is it doing me good to carry on with the basis of:
i) I can get through the first 10 mins - tick
ii) I get through about 6 mins of the second interval, need a 30s break, then can complete the final 3:30
iii) I get through the third interval in bursts of 3 mins at 105%, 30s off then go again.
I achieve roughly 24 mins at Z5, and 20 mins at V02max HR.