Is testing harder than racing?!

4 06 2009

Taken from http://home.trainingpeaks.com/articles/cycling/training-explained.aspx

This is the monthly text i have to do to see how im going and set my markers. You get most of these from racing etc but its still neccesary to do them alone. I am considering doing these tonight instead of racing. 

The Monthly Test: 20minute warm-up, which is just riding along at a moderate pace, about 65% of your max HR. Then do (3) fast pedaling efforts for 100rpm for one minute each with one minute between each. Then 3 minutes easy.. Then Go for it – (1) 5minute all out. Punch it and hold it! Make sure that you start at a high pace, but not soo high that you die at the end. You should have a little in reserve to kick it to the finish line in the last minute. Then 10minutes easy, then (3) 30 seconds “Super Sprints”. Jump as hard as you can and then Sprint like a crazy for 30 seconds. REST 3minutes between each. WAY EASY! Then time for (3) 1 minute all out efforts. REST for at least 4-5 minutes between each. Finish the Ride and cool down. Again, you are trying to produce the most average watts over the entire period. It’s not a good test, if you go out too hard and then just explode and limp home…Cool down, and then download the computer!

You need to do a separate test on another day for a solid 20-minute effort as hard as you can go. Same warm-up as above, including the fast pedaling intervals, but now just do the 20 minute Time Trial.

What these tests do is that they gather some information about your fitness in different time periods. Because, although you may think you are fit for that upcoming time trial, you may test very poorly in the 20 minute test, in relation to the 5 minute test. So, from that info, you can change and tailor your workouts, but more about that later. This test also is your first test with a power meter and there is a little learning curve, so it’s nice to have a test from the beginning that isn’t too involved and you can get an idea of how to pace yourself better for upcoming future tests.

Example of power file from net.

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