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07/06/2014

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Kevbikemad

What did the rest of their training look like? It mentions low intensity, but how low & how much? Looks like Polarized training to me.

Joe Friel

kevbikemad--Unspecified in the study. They otherwise trained as they usually do so long as intensity was less than 88% MHR.

Bruce Wieand

Hi Joe, thanks for the interesting post. Did the study say anything about changes in economy after the 10 weeks? I'm thinking of two studies on VO2max I know of. From Jack Daniels "The Power of VDOT", I get the impression that VO2max and economy have somewhat of an inverse relationship; i.e., athletes with higher VO2max tend to have lower economy. And Veronique Billat "Interval training at VO2max: effects on aerobic performance and overtraining markers" indicates that VO2max training stimulates improvement in economy more that it does VO2max (4 week study). Thanks for your thoughts. --Bruce

Joe Friel

Bruce Wieand--No, economy wasn't measured in this study. And you're about economy and VO2max being contradictory in most research.

Mike E

This is apropos...Sufferfest is coming out with a new video this week, "Half is Easy", that is 2 sessions of (20 x :15 easy/:15 not easy).

Greg Hinrichsen

Joe, The study explains why I have had good results using a heart rate fartlek where I warm up for 30-40 minutes then hammer hard to zone 5a then pedal easy for recovery to Zone 3 and repeat again and again for 20-60 minutes total WI and RIs The work interval starts at around 2-3 minutes but quickly goes to about 45 seconds with about equal rest. I am competing in a 56 mile time trial in 6 weeks. If I read you correctly I should be doing longer time trials as the race approaches at projected 56 mile race effort. I am 55 years old. Thank you. Greg

Joe Friel

Greg Hinrichsen--Yes, I'd agree with your conclusion about your intervals. Good luck!

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