Does anyone have any resources on how to train an anaerobic athlete versus a more aerobic athlete? Also the training would be for general road riding not sprinting on a track.
I’ve seen a lot of anecdotal stuff but I don’ t have a good conclusion on how it affects periodization or specific workouts of the training plan.
For example, we have the many topics on how anaerobic athletes can overtest on the ramp. The more interesting aspect to me would be how one would train the anaerobic athlete compared to the slow twitcher. TR though is a one sized fits all plan, possibly tuned to the middle of the bell curve.
In the That Triathlon Show podcast #261, Kevin Poulton spoke about this a bit. It’s not in the notes but he talks about Caleb Ewan being on a more polarized plan. From the notes:
I am a big fan of HIIT but this training is only great for certain riders. For GC riders, a lot of work is done in order to lower VlaMax, mostly by tempo efforts in combination with high torque and low carbohydrate intake. Correspondingly, the sprinters should avoid this kind of training as much as possible, and instead focus on very short high power efforts, which builds up plenty of lactate. In terms of threshold training, for GC riders, having a high threshold is super important so these athletes do plenty and prolonged efforts at around threshold intensity. Sprinters on the other hand use to do shorter efforts at threshold, often just after a ”pre-threshold set”, which is 4-5mins well above threshold, in order to let the lactate build up.