One of the best things about training in cycling is that there is such a huge variety of sessions which we can choose from to boost our fitness and progress our development.
But this also means that – for most of us – there are some sessions which we excel at and particularly enjoy, whilst others can stimulate feelings of dread when we see them coming up in our cycling training plans !
But what do our feelings of love (or loathing!) for particular sessions really mean? What does that say about our strengths and weaknesses? And what can we do to improve in these areas? We take you through the details on seven key sessions… 1. Zone Two Endurance ride
Why you might love these
Being good at these sessions requires solid aerobic endurance as you will be exercising for multiple hours. To fuel this work, your body has to be well adapted at using fats as a fuel source as for longer durations; your muscle glycogen will be depleted and fat utilization becomes very important.
Why you might hate these
If you do not have good aerobic endurance and fat burning ability, you may find these longer rides particularly difficult. This will likely result in the dreaded ‘bonk’ where your legs feel empty and you have no energy left. How to improve at these There are several ways to improve your performance in these rides. Consuming enough fuel will help ensure the ‘bonk’ doesn’t happen – for longer rides, […]
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