A recent article in the NYT quoted Andy Hampsten saying that recovery takes longer as we age and that he does long warm ups (2 to 3 hours) to help with recovery.
This got me thinking...
I normally do intervals during a 50 mile ride. I have been doing the intervals during the first half of the ride, rewarding myself with a lesurely zone 2 ride back home. Yesterday, I tried the intervals in the second half of the ride, while riding a zone 2 - 3 during the first half, essentially reversing my usual routine. I found that I was able to push higher speeds and longer intervals than before.
Comments? What are your preferences, if any?