I thought I 'd post a new topic on “doing stuff” within endurance rides. This is partly to not derail the pro training thread, where it has been well documented that elite athletes sprinkle endurance sessions with short bursts of intensity.
Historically we also know that some coaches such as Lydiard and more recentl Lorang & Weber have vouched for such efforts because of their potential for activating fast twitch fibers that are usually not touched very much on endurance rides and for attaining a relaxed and correct form. Others still, such as Olbrecht, has vouched for short surges for vo2 development reason within otherwise low intensity sessions. On this forum, I think someone quite recently floated a picture describing a process of “priming” endurance rides with short intense bouts that drive adaptations, which was super interesting.
I myself have used cycling equivalent of running “strides” or surges, ie. 10-30sec less-than-full-gas relaxed sprints with some success. By feel, I would say both a neuromuscular and vo2 gains have been the result. I have done supra vo2max power 30sec surges on the trainer as well, sometimes just to break the monotony. Yes, I do Z2 on the trainer as well. I have not faced recovery issues, but dont do strides everytime I do Z2.
So I thought it might be a good idea to start a topic to collect resources and share experiences & thoughts in one place. For one, if you know of studies looking into the use of short stride work (not sprint intervals), I would be interested to read. And of course: how do you utilise this sort of stuff yourself?
I tried to look for a topic on this by the search function but did not find one. Please merge or delete this if there is one already.