The workout I'm doing prescribes "max effort" intervals. While I understand that this superficially means that I go as hard as I can, I'm not sure if I should interpret that as "as hard as I can consistently for n minutes" Or "as hard as I can at the start and allowing my power to fall off as the interval progresses"
One of the workouts calls for 5 x (5' max followed by 5' base)
The workout is here Cycling Training Plans: Fitness Guides | Bicycling Magazine
I don't have HR or power meter.
I think it's reasonable that if you give 100% effort that you probably can't hold that for 5 minutes. Even the pros can't carry a sprint through 5 kilometers.
Any thoughts on how to handle this type of workout?