Battling the slump: Adding intensity back into your training to speed up summer rides

Battling the slump: Adding intensity back into your training to speed up summer rides

Mark Cohen 9 Aug 2019 A lack of intensity training - specifically in the middle of a summer ride with mates - is easy to spot Broadly speaking, intensity means working at or just above lactate threshold, most easily defined by functional threshold power or FTP. Measure yours and you’ve found the theoretical limit for how long you can push a big gear. Come summer, 'at your limit' isn’t always in the diary, especially on trips, descending mountain passes or just out enjoying the heat. Sometimes turning the pedals is enough. But a lack of intensity training, say researchers and the industry, can definitely impact your ability to keep up. 'Someone who has the ability to pull the peloton along has a very high aerobic capacity and can tolerate a higher workload - those are are products of intensity,' explains Dr. Steve Faulkner, a lecturer in the Department of Sports ...

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