In May's issue of cycle sport, specifically in the pro performance section, Hunter Allen mentions vo2 intervals that would "begin at 3 minutes and build to 5" to train the sustained power needed to ride the cobbled sections of the classics such as PR.
This being my second season racing and training to race, I've not "built up" these intervals (from shorter to longer. I would, instead, dive into the 5 min V02 sessions and build from 2 or 3 up to 4 or 5 intervals in one set. V02 range is from 3-8 min, where do you begin/end?
I'm wondering if I unknowingly missed a piece of my training puzzle. Do you build up in time, or in number of sets, or both? Why--what is your rationale? (I had no rationale, so...hey.)
btw, in that same article (perhaps there was already a post, sorry I missed it) Allan said that 15 x 1 min @ 650 watts with ~1 min rest was a key prep workout for PR. In fact, that led to the Vo2 work-->being able to target 1 min power, repeatedly, prepared these guys to tackle the V02 sessions.
discuss your transition plan from build/threshold-->race/speed work-->peak
(I know that for most of us, myself included, there is a lot more room to improve threshold and that is KEY to everything else. I want this thread to target the incremental workouts that build a better transition to "the next level."
WR, here's some inspiration for you: Backstedt said, "I've sustained 1,100 watts for just over a minute."