Train­ing like a record breaker

Cycling Weekly - - Feature -

I was do­ing plenty of en­durance miles, fasted rides to im­prove fat adap­ta­tion, and reg­u­lar ses­sions of pi­lates and yoga, so I was com­fort­able do­ing the dis­tance.

How­ever, this year I chose to forgo time tri­alling, and so I lacked the in­ten­sity and punch that could have helped me go a lot faster.

The key is to up the power at which you can com­fort­ably ride in an aero­dy­namic po­si­tion, best de­vel­oped with ses­sions de­signed to in­crease your thresh­old. I also found it use­ful to throw in some in­tense ef­forts at the end of a long ride of five hours or more, rid­ing the last 20 min­utes to an hour as fast as I could in or­der to get used to push­ing hard when I al­ready felt tired.

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