CME-2 ME Intervals (5) 5'x3' Z4
Workout intended for: racers, strong recreational riders
Total Workout Time: 65 Minutes
This workout will target your muscular endurance and teach your body to adapt to various "mini endurance" durations with minimal recovery times before the next acceleration. These will help when you're trying to bridge short gaps to other riders, help with maintaining your pace for those shorter climbing efforts encountered on rolling terrain, and those mini-accelerations needed to keep up with the various dynamics when riding or racing with a group. If doing this ride outside complete this workout on flat terrain.
Warm-up: Begin with a progressive 15 minute warm-up. You will bring up your HR / power to Z3 before you begin the main workout.
Z1 for 5' – Cadence between 80-95
Z2 for 4' – Cadence between 90-110
Z3 for 4' – Cadence between 95-115 (higher cadence preferred)
Z2 for 2' – Cadence between 90-110
Begin main workout or if needed warm-up a bit longer
Main Workout: 40 minutes
Main workout Notes:
1. Find a gear hard enough where you can maintain a heart rate / power in Z4 for each of the 5 minute intervals. After 5 minutes in Z4, shift to an easier gear (Z2-Z3) and bring your heart rate / power back down to within those 2 lower zones. Maintain this lower heart rate for 3 minutes and then repeat another 5 minutes in Z4 for a total of 25 minutes.
2. Concentrate on staying on top of the gear and try to maintain smooth pedaling.
3. Depending on your biomechanics some of you may do the intervals higher that 100 RPMs while others may be around 80-90 RPMs. At a minimum, the intervals should be maintained above 90 RPM's.
4. The timed interval begins once you shift up to the harder gear (each interval), not when your HR reaches Z4. (If you are using a power meter then there will be no delay). Downshift to an easier recovery gear once you have completed each 5' interval. Note: your HR will still be elevated during the early portion of your recovery time, this is OK. We are measuring the interval times by the increase in workload, not by the amount of time your HR is in the training zones.
5. If you are unable to complete all 5 intervals, that is OK. Complete as many as you can with quality efforts. As your fitness improves in the coming weeks / months you will be able to complete all of the intervals.
Interval #1: 5' in Z4 x 3' recovery in Z2-Z3
Interval #2: 5' in Z4 x 3' recovery in Z2-Z3
Interval #3: 5' in Z4 x 3' recovery in Z2-Z3
Interval #4: 5' in Z4 x 3' recovery in Z2-Z3
Interval #5: 5' in Z4 x 3' recovery in Z2-Z3
Main workout complete – begin cool-down
Cadence for main workout:
Z4 efforts = 90-115 rpm (higher the better)
Z2-Z3 efforts = 80-105 rpm
Cool-Down: Z1 for 10 minutes
Cadence for cool-down: 80-100