This past Monday, I hosted a workshop in Northern Virginia at the local Tyson’s-Pimmit library. A small but enthusiastic crowd attended. I’m often asked questions about interval training, including how to do it, what types of intervals, and which ones will give the best benefit.
Of course, “it depends” is often applicable. The first thing an athlete needs to determine is what it is they are trying to improve. Naturally, greater threshold power is (or should be) one of the type priorities for any endurance cyclist. Lots of ways to accomplish that but this time of year (early Spring), lots of tempo work, longer endurance rides, and some threshold intervals (e.g., 2 x 20) are a pretty traditional way to ramp up for the season.
I have a handout in the Resources section of my website. Of course, the ideas were described originally (perhaps better too?) by others and I’ve hopefully credited everyone properly. Check it out and let me know what you think. If you have favorite intervals or questions, drop me a note and I’ll see if I can answer.