VO2 Max vs 1 Minute Power, Training Zones, Lightheadedness and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 267

The difference between your VO2 Max power and Max 1 minute power, how to get the most benefit from your training zones, why training can make you lightheaded and more in Episode 267 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.

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Might be an obvious difference, but always up for some VO2 talk. :+1:

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Yes! Keen for this. Happens to me sometimes and I really can’t figure out why. I’ve wondered if it has to do with my hydration/sodium levels.


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@Tucker @Jonathan I dont know if the ‘‘How to get the most benefit fromt your training zones’’ is the question I sent in, but I ended up not doing the extended workout I mentioned in my question. It would’ve been way to hard, I did the normal version and that was more than enough!
You could use the walking buffet analogy… I was putting way too much on my plate ;p

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Is that “conversations about vo2max” or “conversations while at vo2max”?


The older I get, the more I prefer the former. :tired_face::rofl:

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Will the weight loss topic be addressed in the next episode since there wasn’t enough time for it in this episode?


I think Chad might need to up his weekly TTS (Tangent Training Stress) for the podcast. Maybe more 30second side-track repeats?


Any update on the release of ‘the science of getting faster’ podcast, @Nate_Pearson?

Oh wait, never mind. I just got to that part in the podcast where you talk about it! :+1:

You might already be aware of it but the empirical cycling podcast has been doing a Mariana Trench depth deep dive on VO2max for a couple episodes.


I am aware but thanks for the shoutout. VO2max really enthrals me but I gotta say, after finishing one of their recent podcasts my brain feels like it just did a 60min VO2 interval. However, I’m fearing there’s not going to be a light-n-easy “how to” interval episode after all this. Sometimes I miss the good ol’ days of just ‘go as hard as you can’ training. :laughing:

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About outdoor interval etiquette: clearly we need a real version of the Zwift hologram display hovering in front of your handlebars (… don’t tell Wahoo this, they’ll actually make one)

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Yeah I usually listen to them on endurance rides and I’m definitely only retaining about 40% of the details. But in the latest he said said the next episode or the one after would be about the implementation and interval structures.

On the outdoor workouts, I came across another etiquette dilemna.

I was doing a long tempo interval on the flat, and overtook a group of 4 going (a little bit) slower. They immediately got on my wheel, and then - presumably so they felt like they weren’t just hitching a ride - started to come through and pull turns.

Unfortunately when they pulled turns, it meant my power dropped from tempo to Z2 at most. And if I’d tried to overtake them, that would have put me into Z4 at least.

So I was left with a choice between accepting their “help” and riding at a lower power, going way over power to try to drop them, or having to somehow explain on a windy day with cars going past that I was trying to hold steady power and I didn’t want the assistance…

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you Chris! Yes, that topic will be covered in this week’s episode coming up (AACC 268). Stay tuned!

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I was thinking mine was related to low iron, but this makes way more sense. Especially with the timing comparative to my training. (Started training heavily last Autumn, started getting lightheaded in Winter.)
Wishing there was a better ‘fix it long term’ approach, but it sounds like it’s just a part of life now. Sitting up prior to standing has helped me though.

The constant improvements / updates to training plans has been mentioned a few times on the podcasts - in this pod #267 it is around 41 mins. Just to mention I think that’s a great selling point / USP for TR by the way (with unique access to 10000s of workout compliance data etc), but I couldn’t find any reference to it in the main site / support pages, so I may have misunderstood what is actually meant by it!

Does anyone know if these workout / plan improvements are made automatically to future workouts on a training plan that is already on my calendar or only to new plans? I have no races / event date so I run plan builder and it gives me 12 months of BBS etc. Is that plan then ‘fixed’ for the full year or will future blocks be automatically updated by TR as they are ‘improved’?