Hannah Otto joins us to cover all that she’s learned from her racing so far this season, as well as a discussion on how to maximize the effect of recovery weeks, whether endurance bikes are actually slower than race bikes, and much more.
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Topics Covered in This Episode
- What Hannah has learned from her Spring 2022 race season
- Unbound Gravel
- How to get the most from recovery weeks
- Practical tips on adjusting your training when “life happens”
- Are endurance bikes slower than race bikes?
- How to upgrade race categories
- Amber and Hannah’s tips for racing to win
- How to regain passion for cycling
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@Jonathan just after the first minute you mentioned Keegan’s (paraphrasing) “weirdly high short power numbers because he hasn’t been training short power” and since switching back to prioritizing endurance as a first principle (60-80% endurance riding), my short power numbers have increased with almost no short power training. Others on the forum have experienced the same, the most recent story I remember reading was from @Dr_Alex_Harrison. It has also been written about by other coaches, and one frequently referenced on the forum is this: You're Training Too Hard for Criteriums—Here's Why | TrainingPeaks
Can confirm… if you’re a talented sprinter, z2 goes a LONG way.
My wife is a 11-1200W sprinter at 63kg. She reaps big z4 and z5 power improvements with nothing but z1 & z2 training.
I do the same.
I’m 99% untalented and staring at retirement LOL, yet z2 goes a long way to increasing my short power! Monday gave me hope that (sometimes) age is just a number - 1253W for 5-sec but it falls off too much at 30 and 60 sec We won’t talk about my W/kg, lol, that’s why I live in flatland!
I’ve done no training other than increasing my volume (read: mostly Z2).
No structured intervals at all for the past two months.
On Thursday last week I did a century and at the end of the ride about a .5 mile from my house I was coming to a stop at the light but the light turned green so I stayed in a harder gear and just jumped on the pedals for a few seconds. Took a look at TP and I did 1,069 watts at 5sec. No big deal…except it was at the end of this century (with a bad sunburn and a hemorrhoids…ugh don’t ask) after I’d burned 3,600kj.
That has to be from that increase in volume at low instensity, right?
My reference to short power was more about 30-seconds to 5 minutes
If I understand what I’ve read about physiology, and listening to coaches, a SINGLE 5-sec effort is mostly powered by the PCr energy system. FWIW I have one other 1250+ effort and it was 80 miles and 3000kJ into a century, but no sunburn or Preparation H With respect to a SINGLE 5-10 second effort, volume may help indirectly (less fatigue, better economy after 2-5 hours riding/racing? I dunno).
Keegan to race the HighBall with 2.1" tyres. You heard it here first. Change the rules, clear the mud. @Jonathan told us so.
So Unbound is over, Keegan Swenson got second and almost won so @Jonathan prediction was almost right.
But I didn’t hear any controversy about his strategy or equipment. @Jonathan had mentioned there would be talk about he’s ruining the spirit of gravel or something? What was he talking about?
Hey @Jonathan - I was listening to this one on Apple - and this weird thing was happening where it was clear that Hanna’s audio was 5 seconds delayed from everyone else’s. She would take a while to respond to questions, and then would get “interrupted” because with her audio being 5 seconds later, the conversation would happen over top of her.
Seems to be some sort of an issue in post?
Just thought you should know!
Hey @macdian ! Thanks for letting us know! This was my fault. In the editing process last week, I miss-aligned Hannah’s audio, causing the delay. I went back in and caught it. The audio should be updated across platforms. Do you still hear the delay?