Don't Believe the Hype
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: chicagoland area
Bikes: 1999 Steelman SR525, 2002 Lightspeed Ultimate, 1988 Trek 830, 2008 Scott Addict
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then you need to attack every hill with that elusive explosiveness in mind. no matter the climb, get to the top the quickest way possible, recover then do it again (same or different climbs)
** ex: a climb that takes a minute, may leave you in the saddle for the first 1/3, climb out of the saddle for next 1/3 then back in the saddle for last almost 1/3 then one last blast of power to get you up and over with some oommph. now, you aren't going to go all out in the first 1/3 or your 2nd 2/3s will suffer. (i use this because many people climb like this, 1/3, 1/3, 1/3)
if you want to go 26mph then you have to train at/near those speeds. well, you just don't turn it on like a faucet. you ride @ 22mph then jump up to 26mph for as long as you can....10 seconds? fine. repeat for several intervals. next week? 15 seconds. fine. repeat several times. 20 seconds @ 26mph, fine.....
GOING FAST OR ADDING POWER IS ABOUT YOUR ABILITY TO RECOVER FROM THOSE EFFORTS
during a training ride, where the group is going 25mph., everyone is tired. everyone. the ability to hang on is being able to recover when the group slows (either on its own or by traffic light, etc) the ability to recover is enhanced with intervals.
intervals suck and shouldn't be overdone. if you aren't gassed after them then you aren't working hard enough.