Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Riverside, California
Bikes: Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
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Anarobic threshold question...
Ok Another one of these questions....
I started riding with a group that are above my ability on my road rides. I like doing this because it just makes me stronger and fitter the more I ride with them. Here is the question...
Tonight we did a few big hills that I have rode but never taken this fast, and some fast flat sections exceding 28 MPH for extended periods of time. The kind of efforts I am talking about can be considered just a level lower than race performance.
I go anarobic at approximatly 168 - 171 BPM (Need to retest again). When we were sprinting and pushing 27+ MPH not drafting and when climbing I am above 171 and am getting anarobic, breathing hard and deep, etc. Today for approximatly 15 - 20 minutes I was in this state but my HR never got more than 170 which means I was at the border. I could not really feel the latic acid build up until over that speed. On the hills 5 - 6 minutes of HR more than 180 BPM sustained (zone 5A) when pushing hard.
This is the exact type of training that I need to build up my speeds and anarobic levels. How long is it safe to sustain this high level or work? Is it based on what you can do physically or is there a level that is unsafe? Also after a big ride like tonights is it good to add a day off or a spinning day after this level of intensity? One thing I can say is that since my baseline I have improved dramatically from my old standard.
Thanks as always...
Just your average club rider... :)