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Do the work that counts – Endurance training in a nutshell

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Training is the investment of time to improve results.

There are four basic components in endurance training:

  • Aerobic training – 80% to 85% of training time in Zone 1 and lower Zone 2 (MAF)
  • Force Development – 5% of training time (Maximal Strength – Zone 5+)
  • Durability training – 10% to 15% of training time (Zone 3 – 4)
  • Technique – Integrated into training and active recovery
  • Recovery – Active recovery + 7.5 hours+ sleep average per night.

Any training session should be targeting these adaptations. The only session that have benefits if you have muscular fatigue are durability and active recovery.

Know what your session is targeting and stick to the plan. If you can’t nail it, go home and use the recovery time, don’t dig a hole!


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Lactate Threshold 20 minute test. W/T (60 min)

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Lactate threshold Heart Rate test conducted on a wind trainer.

Small 15 (S15) = Small chain ring, 15 rear cluster (middle)
Small 21 (S21) = Small chain ring, 21 rear cluster (one down from easiest)
Large 15 (L15) = Large chain ring, 15 rear cluster (middle)

During 20 Minute test effort use gear selection of choice with cadence of 85-95. Try build in first 2 minutes then apply sustainable effort through to end, re-assess sustainability every 5 minutes. Read More