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What are "intervals" & where do I buy them?
Joking thread title of course, but seriously... from my understanding, intervals stress your cardio by keeping a certain heart rate for a certain period of time. Where do I start if I do not have a HRM but I do have speed+cadence computer?
I've only been in the saddle about a month from a several year break. I never really trained, but now I'm wanting to start. I commute everyday that I can, and I basically just put myself against total travel time, avg speed, and current speed during a certain flat portion. I've found that my loaded mess. bag has really helped improve my climbing, but its really difficult to get in the drops and really work on form and technique. This has caused me to really hit the hills when I'm loaded down, and I tend to take longer flatter routes when I'm with no bag.
My question is, where should I start doing interval training? Like I said, I have no HRM, so should I work with just a set MPH & cadance for X amount of time, or should I not worry about MPH and stick to only cadance, or should I not worry about time and just go distance? I'm really confused on the structure of interval training, ESPECIALLY starting off. Can anyone point me in the right direction?