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The Art of the Interval

Serious cyclists tend to throw the term "Interval" around pretty loosely, but it's defined as a period of time or length where intensity is increased (in CCD cases, power is the measurement of intensity) towards achieving a goal. Most intervals are blockish in nature, but some are sloped, angling up or down. Some can even be jagged, and those tend to REALLY resemble some of the best that nature's terrain or conditions can throw at you. Week 2, Intervals 2 was one such set of intervals. They were 6 minute hill simulations, but each one spent about the first minute at roughly 120% of threshold, followed by a dip to anywhere from 101 to 91%, then variations up to 106%, with the final two minutes of each interval rising anywhere from 105 to 126% of Threshold Intensity! So it started out at a high intensity (throwing the legs in a low shock), then backed off to let you learn how to tolerate and process the stress and lactic acid, then it pushed you harder, and harder, and harder, 'till you were just seconds away from actually grinding to a halt! BUT.... That was usually the time where the 'Hill' reached it's Apogee, and the intensity backed off. I classify the workout as a Vo2 workout because it averaged wattage in the Vo2 range, but I love it because it felt just like a Vo2 effort ought to... Hard, easier (but still tough), then harder, and harder, and anaerobically harder, until your eyeballs were about to pop out, but then it backed off. We did this 4 times, with one single 3:30 effort at the end that resembled a steak knife. Bravo to everyone that did these efforts. They'll benefit you on climbs, in breakaways, solo efforts, and for the triathletes, it'll help you sustain a power effort, to, say, get away from someone and leave them in your dust. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

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