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    Mixing HIIT & conventional exercise regime.

    In an effort to keep fit while not able to ride outdoors much at this time of the year I've rejoined a gym.

    My 3 times a week regime consists of a 45 minute spin bike session followed, after a rest period, by a 10 minute session consisting of 30 seconds of fast, high resistance spinning alternating with 90 seconds of easy spinning.

    Do I get any extra benefit mixing the two, or is the HIIT part superfluous?

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    The HIIT intervals will make you stronger so there is a benefit. With a 3 to 1 rest/work ratio you should be fairly recovered do a good quality next rep. What is your goal in doing the intervals? Depending on the goal there may be better alternatives since you are willing to work.
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    The Carmichael plans do this kind of stuff. The HIIT is always placed in a session of more leisurely spinning, a warm-up as it were.

    What you're doing sounds fine.

    Carmichael even emphasizes that there are times you should skip the HIIT and just enjoy the cruise, not that anybody really enjoys indoor work-outs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    The HIIT intervals will make you stronger so there is a benefit. With a 3 to 1 rest/work ratio you should be fairly recovered do a good quality next rep. What is your goal in doing the intervals? Depending on the goal there may be better alternatives since you are willing to work.
    My hopes for this year are to do more 50+ mile road rides and try out some different locations for mtb rides. As well as improving stamina I want to improve the way I tackle the many short, steep hills, both on and off road, in my part of the country.


    I hoped (in my usual unscientific way) that this exercise regime through the winter could help in this.

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    The ten minute interval session won't help get you ready for 3 hour rides, but will have you locked and loaded for nasty 30" hills and rollers.
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    This thread is particularly serendipitous for me because just this week I started doing intervals, specifically HIIT. In fact just this past Sunday, I sent this PM to a fellow Fifty-Plus subscriber:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
    My training for years has just been daily mileage quotas according to a published schedule that I work into my year-round daily commute. Just yesterday though I serendipitously heard a radio talk show discussing the value of intervals, which I had considered in the past. They suggested an easy program of one minute on, and two minutes recovery for four repetitions. I even looked into a heart monitor to quantify the intervals. Nonetheless I plan to start that tomorrow, and I use the low-tech “Rating of Perceived Exertion,” if you are familiar with that scale, to assess intensity...
    I'm fortunate to be a daily year-round cycling commuter early in the morning, with a pleasant, minimal one-way distance of 14 miles, easily lengthened during the nice weather. My commute is really my only chance to train. I had long rejected the idea of intervals because getting on the Road early is a challenge itself, and I didn't want to lose my enthusiasm by punishing myself too much. That fairly simple regimen described above seemed tolerable, and for the first two days so far was tolerable and somewhat enjoyable.

    That talk show on the local station WRKO, is actually a paid advertising program called “Men’s Health New England” by Dr. S. Scionti of the Scionti Prostate Center of Boston. I just happened to tune in this past Saturday, Jan. 11, and his discussion was about diet and exercise for cardiovascular health. In particular he discussed the Mediterranean Diet, and then HIIT. I happen to be in the medical profession, and I found his program informative and seemingly factual, with references to the established medical literature to support the benefits of even such a seemingly easy program.

    In any event, his talk inspired me to get started this week. If interested, his website is http://www.wrko.com/content/menshealth and podcasts of his program are available for download. The most current recent program online is January 4th, so I presume the January 11th program should be up soon. [Note: I have no relationship with Dr. S., never met him, and only occasionally listen to his show. BTW, I did use to listen to a similar plastic surgeon’s show on Saturdays, just for fun. ]

    Intervals on the road during a defined commute are more variable than what one can do on a trainer. I have quickly learned that I must watch out for traffic and not pay too much attention to the stopwatch on my cycle computer. Sometimes the stopwatch times out during an interval and I have to reset. Often the terrain is out of synch with the interval, e.g. downhills on the intensity interval, uphill on the rest interval, with stoplights interspersed.

    As mentioned above I just use “Rating of Perceived Exertion” (RPE) as my monitor (see subsequent post). I consider my usual happy-go-lucky pace is at an RPE of 50 (out of 100), and previously sometimes tried to ride most of the commute at a steady 60. So I ride about 6-8 miles at my usual pace (exertion) to totally warm up, then I estimate my RPE during the intense one-minute intervals to be about about 70-80. I then revert to my usual RPE of 50 for the remaining 2-3 miles.
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    RATING OF PERCEIVED EXERTION SCALE (see preceding post)
    Code:
          RPE scale*                              Jim's scale
    	6 - resting                                   10-20 
    	7 - very, very light                            20-30
    	9 - very light                                  30-40  
    	11 - fairly light             50 (usual pace; my 60% Max HR)
    	13 - somewhat hard                              60   
    	15 - hard                                       70
    	17 - very hard (Lactate threshold;     80 (my Max HR)
          breakpoint between hard but steady 
          breathing and labored with gasping)       
    	19 - very, very hard                            90-100
    * On RPE scale, 10 times the number is equivalent to heart rate. For cardiovascular effectiveness, one should exercise to ~ 60% of maximal heart rate: Max HR = 226 age (for women), 220- age (men)
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    For me, it works best to split the HIIT from the LSD (long stead distance) exercise. My current system is, each week, to do:

    One long ride (e.g. 60 miles), in which I don't exert myself much.
    One HIIT session with a warmup followed by 4-5 30-seconds sprints (I do this running or riding)
    One strength training session

    I found that if I put a few sprints in during my long ride, I would be too tired at the end of the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerryattrick View Post
    In an effort to keep fit while not able to ride outdoors much at this time of the year I've rejoined a gym.

    My 3 times a week regime consists of a 45 minute spin bike session followed, after a rest period, by a 10 minute session consisting of 30 seconds of fast, high resistance spinning alternating with 90 seconds of easy spinning.

    Do I get any extra benefit mixing the two, or is the HIIT part superfluous?
    Anyway, as a certified Kool-Aid drinker, why don't you try Carmichael's training program? Misery loves company, and I've yet to get into the hard stuff. It's next week.
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    This is a new approach for me, trying to get fit for cycling rather than just cycling. It's a simple regime I believe I can stick to, whereas I know I'd fail at something as structured as the TCTP.

    It was your thread on the the Carmichael program that got me thinking about being a little bit more structured.

    Good luck next week.

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    I'm doing a version of the "experienced century" TCTP....no century in 9-11 weeks.

    In the third week, so doing SS intervals X3 ...12 minutes with 6 min rest in between. I'm inside on the exercise bike so 90 minute EMs max.

    Sometimes I take rest days instead of EM days or do EM days on scheduled rest days because of work commitments.

    SEPIs this w/e. Will try to stick to the interval work anyway.

    Easier to do in the gym compared to outside on the bike; too hilly here and too "wintery" right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    The ten minute interval session won't help get you ready for 3 hour rides, but will have you locked and loaded for nasty 30" hills and rollers.
    That's hilarious....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamCNY View Post
    I don't get it... What does the attached have to do with training for a three hour effort? Coe?, his longest effort was less than 4'.
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    Interesting and timely. I'm not 50, yet... 48 impending in April.
    I've committed to a 200k in April, and due to health issues have not ridden much from Nov to Feb, maybe 150 miles. I've acquired a fluid trainer and the "time crunched cyclist" an interval/intensity based training program. Start Monday.

    How does this differ from Carmichael/HIIT?
    I'm familiar with variations of HIT for weight lifting.

    Interestingly, or rather bizarrely, the WIKI doesn't even mention Arthur Jones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Null66 View Post
    Interesting and timely. I'm not 50, yet... 48 impending in April.
    I've committed to a 200k in April, and due to health issues have not ridden much from Nov to Feb, maybe 150 miles. I've acquired a fluid trainer and the "time crunched cyclist" an interval/intensity based training program. Start Monday.

    How does this differ from Carmichael/HIIT?
    I'm familiar with variations of HIT for weight lifting.

    Interestingly, or rather bizarrely, the WIKI doesn't even mention Arthur Jones.
    Carmichael wrote "The time crunched cyclist". It's one and the same. I finish week 2 this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dudelsack View Post
    carmichael wrote "the time crunched cyclist". It's one and the same. I finish week 2 this weekend.
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