The TrainerRoad team spend a lot of time talking about sprinting in race analysis etc, and it’s all really useful and interesting
However I just don’t know at what point in base build speciality to do this? I ride crits mainly but some road and fast group rides. I’ve done rolling road and crit speciality previously and neither have any specifically “sprint intervals” prescribed. Why is this surely it can and should be training prior to crits, etc?
Especially when using plan builder around events there is no space left for sprint training. The guys clearly do extra training around their own programmes it would be nice to see this stuff work there way into the plans
Think that the best way to incorporate it into an existing plan, is to do sprint exercises during your weekly long ride (if you do one):
For example: 6x 10 sec with 5 min rest in between and repeat the set 1 or 2 times.
That’s what I do on top of TR (edited) short power/crit specialty
I think this is a really fair challenge to TR. You need dedicated time to do your sprint drills if you’re going to do them properly and it’s not just something to do once or twice before racing as a tune up.
I’m not sure if they’ve made recommendations on the podcast but they probably should be in the plans themselves.
My coach tacks a 3-4 x 10s sprints at the end of workouts, 1-2x a week. Some are at the end of a hour workout, some at the end of 2hrs. On the 2hr ones, I feel like it’s a good gauge of my fueling.
It is a little frustrating to be fair. I’m getting a bit annoyed with all the chat in the podcast about multiple strategies that don’t seem to fit into any of the plans. There must be 3 podcasts on sprinting and no one workout in a crit plan, I don’t see how that can be reasonable.
Look at your plan existing endurance ride variants, quite many of them have sprints. Even Pettit → Pettit +1 has them.
From personal experience, you don’t need very many sprints to push your power way up. Over 2 weeks / 6 workouts my 10sec power increased +50%. It is not so much about power itself but more muscle recruitment improvement. Although it comes quickly but also goes quickly. Couple months without sprints I’m now back where I started
They can be sprinkled in on Wednesdays’ and Sundays’ endurance z2 rides, as they’re recommended in my Specialty XCO. If you look at the workouts “Endurance with Bursts” you’ll find plenty and you can choose your duration. Right now TR has my Wednesdays with Bays and even sprints during my recovery week with workouts like Gibbs +1. Sprint workouts are probably best in the weeks leading up to events/races where you’re expected to need sprints.
Everyone’s goals and needs are different, so it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to incorporate these into the default TR plans. If technique is your issue, you need to start early to develop the muscle memory. For a veteran racer, a handful of sprint sessions right before race season is sufficient.
Also, the chances you’ll win or lose a crit due to your max sprint power is generally pretty slim anyway. It’s more about everything that leads up to that final sprint.