• Magic Workouts?

    Another great article from Alex Hutchinson with an analysis of different interval protocols - does the actual protocol matter, or is it just the fact that it's a different stressor?

    The study sounds quite familiar to a lot of anecdotal training theories I've come across. Basically, you do a big block of endurance, working up to tempo / sub-maximal, then as you come close to beginning to race you do two or three weeks of short intervals above threshold (ie. VO2 or similar) - some may even call this 'polarised training'!

    Have a listen to George Bennett on the Stanley Street Podcast for an insight to his training and peaking Their Story


    A rider might only be in into the sport for self-improvement. Such a rider, focused solely on technique, mastery and process may become highly proficient, and even elite. Similarly, a rider might only ride for the glory. This ego/performance orientation suggests that process has to be endured, but it’s really the identity of being an elite cyclist that drives the rider. I suspect that some of the best riders, however, combine the positives of both orientations. They are obsessive about process and practice, and love to rip everyone’s legs off where it counts in order to enjoy the rewards.