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Old 05-20-08, 08:24 PM   #1
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interval help

I have seached. I still need a bit more explination of intervals. What exactly do the numbers stand for? i.e. 2x20's or whatever.
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Old 05-20-08, 10:03 PM   #2
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bump. seriously, i'm new to this, a simple answer would suffice.
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Old 05-20-08, 10:06 PM   #3
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2x20s = two 20 minute intervals

6x1s = six 1 minute intervals

etc.
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Old 05-20-08, 10:14 PM   #4
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ok. i think i have it. thank you.
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Old 05-21-08, 08:02 AM   #5
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Generally speaking, you are going near or at your maximum for those intervals unless there is a prescribed wattage or heart rate in your plan. Sometimes the intervals are cadence related as well.
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In the case of 2x20's. These are often referred to as Steady States and the goal is to work at your Lactate threshold. (for simplicity's sake about the pace you can hold in a one hour TT.) Typically you would warm up, do the first 20, recover 5 to 10 minutes, and then do the second 20.

Shorter intervals usually are done as hard as you can hold for the prescribed time. Sometimes they're done with a lot of rest between the intervals, and sometimes they're done on short rest, to work on your ability to recover between efforts.
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