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    1X40 vs 2X20

    This TT course I am training for (and I live close enough that I get to train on the actual course) is ~40 minutes long.

    I am just getting into shape and I've been doing it 2X a week, and basically just ramping up the watts each time until I figure out where I'm at (a really slow way to find my CP??).

    Would I be better off hitting it a bit harder, and do it in 2 intervals? How much time do you give yourself for recovery between 20's?

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    honestly, if I could stand it mentally, I'd do 1x60's. We train in smaller increments because it's (mentally) easier.
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    1x40, 2x20, 4x10 done at FTP are all going to result in about the same physiological adaptation. The 1x40 is going to come at the highest psychological cost.

    I would not do a steady dose of 1x40. You might do it once a couple of weeks before the TT for the practice.

    As for the rest in 2x20's, enough to pretty fully recover typically 5-10 minutes.
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    You know the pain you get at the last 5 minutes of a 2x20 FTP test? A 60' interval feels the same way, but instead of having 5' left, you have 45' left. Mentally it's devastating. Physically, not so bad.
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    when I do LT work (95-101%) I aim for a 20' set but if I hit 20' and still feel good, I'll keep it going... this is fun when this works!

    So I may do 1x24 and a 1x16, instead of 2x20. that 16' is waaaaaaay easier mentally than a second 20'.

    I just find that once I get crankin it's not to bad to hold on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldesfor1@ithaca View Post
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    I just find that once I get crankin it's not to bad to hold on.

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    same here. my comment on this is how it applies in a race situation...

    In a race, there is always a surge or prime that FORCES you to react and break into a higher zone which will result in a forced recovery.... and of course, the big attack will come just during that time!!!

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    My weekly routine includes 3 different intervals...one of which is 2x30 @ threshold...its better than my 'V02max' interval which really sucks!!!

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