Easy versus Hard

A fantastic thread discussing the relative merits of high volume/low intensity (ie long, steady rides) versus lower volume/higher intensity (ie SST/Threshold) training.

It is seriously worth signing up to Google Groups Wattage forum anyway – especially if you’re interesting in training with power.

Anyway, this particular thread is here.

I’ve made no secret that, especially given my newly imposed time constraints, I’m going to opt for the latter (ie a relatively low volume/high intensity) strategy.  This is largely contrary to the advice of most coaches and not to mention a considerable tradition which suggests ‘getting the miles in’ to ‘build an endurance base’ is the way forward.

It would be nice to say that ‘we’ll see’ which is the most successful strategy but with so many confounding factors we probably won’t.

No Comments on “Easy versus Hard”

  1. 1 Simon Roberts said at 4:05 pm on November 27th, 2009:

    I am not a huge believer in racking up pointless miles. While there is a place for a long slog every week or two, the higher intensity work at threshold or hard tempo is a must have for me and is far more important. I use my commute as steady miles, maybe a 2-3 hour ride at the weekend and a couple of hard turbo sessions.