Last night I decided to do some 1 minute intervals on the trainer.
I was initially going to do a 12345 pyramid but after that first interval there was no way I was going to be recovered enough to do go hard after only one minute rest so I decided to fully recover and just do the 1 minute intervals instead.
You are supposed to do each interval as hard as you can right? I ask because I had a hard time completing all 8 at a high effort.
On the first interval I ended up setting a new high for 1 minute power but it took me 5 minutes to recover.
On my second attempt my power dropped signifigantly even though my HR stayed about the same.
I couldnt even complete my third attempt. After 40 seconds I had to give up.
I was able to get a higher power output on my forth attempt then my second but my power was still down from the first even though my HR was matched.
I had to extend my rest interval by 30 seconds before starting my fifth attempt and when I finally went my power was down over 100W off my first attempt.
It took over a minute less to recover before my sixth attempt and I was able to bring my power up slightly.
My seventh attempt was really weak. So I took an extra minute to recover after it.
On the 8th and final attempt my power went back up a little bit.
So I ask you. Am I doing these right? Should there be such a drop off in power after the first attempt or should I pace myself so I can complete each interval at roughly the same power output? Why did I have so much trouble on my third attempt? Weak mind or lack of recovery? Since my last interval wasnt that much lower then most of my other attempts, besides the first one, should I have kept going until I was unable to produce the same power anymore?
I did these intervals hard. I was gasping for air at the end of each one but I never reached my max hr of 180. Does that mean I should have went even harder? My tested threshold HR is 170 so I am not so sure why these hurt so much. Could it be because my max and lthr were determined off the trainer?
Can you power dudes determine anything from the graphs?
First 516W 174BPM 5 minute rest 110BPM
Second 430W 171BPM 5 minute rest 105BPM
Third 352W 160BPM 5 minute rest 111BPM only 40 sec interval
Fourth 450W 174BPM 5:30 min rest 117BPM
Fifth 412W 172BPM 4:12 min rest 115BPM
Sixth 426W 173BPM 5 minute rest 110BPM
Seventh 355W 168BPM 6:09 min rest 102BPM
Eighth 418W 172BPM