I never did "structured" intervals before, and I can't believe what I have been missing all these years. I did what a lot of people do....go hard when I felt good, and ease up a bit when I didn't. In just a few weeks, I am noticing real improvements after doing the 60 minute workout he puts you through. The video came with my CycleOps Fluid 2 trainer, and while I didn't use the video at first, I decided recently to give it a whirl.
Went for one of my typical riding loops for an "easy" ride today. My average speed actually increased over what I've done in the past, "perceived effort" on hills seemed to be noticably less, and this was with a headwind for some of the ride....I wasn't even tired at the end of the ride, and felt like I could've done the loop again with no issue. I found I wasn't gasping for air anywhere near as bad at the tops of a couple climbs that would usually tax me by the end, and my legs faired much better. I'm just pissed I didn't start doing this stuff earlier. I've never really had any aspirations of racing (which is probably why I never gave structured interval training much thought before), but do like long distance riding.....and I think this should have a very profound effect on that as well. I gotta get his hill climbing DVD as well for this winter...
not used the dvd, but have always done interval session, in a mad man in that i love pushing my body to its obsloute max, quite a lot.
Have had huge bennifits from doing them. mainly on turbo trainers tho it easier to measure on there, but the bennifits are felt out on the road for sure.
Climbing II - The newest addition to the CTS Trainright DVD Library, the Climbing II DVD incorporates the same workout format as the original video, but has been revised to include a more dynamic range of climbing repeats and hill accelerations. The Trainright Team leads you through a workout designed to improve your aerobic capacity, climbing cadence and force production when the road turns towards the Sky!
Race Simulation - The second of two new additions to the CTS Trainright DVD Library, the Race Simulation Trainright DVD. Using intervals to mimic race day intensities, this video will hit you with high VO2 intervals and incomplete recovery all while Premier Coach James Herrera keeps you motivated and pushing your limits! We are excited to offer this newest DVD to athletes of all ability and fitness levels. Great for the competitive racer gearing up for the weekend race or while sitting in the basement riding the trainer in the winter time. Also great for the weekend warrior and recreational rider who wants to boost their fitness and drop the hammer on the next group ride!