I am pleased to present my new Endurance Phase training plan for the 2014 race season. I love this time of the year because it is cooling down here in sunny Arizona and the mornings are great for riding. As you review the training plan, keep the following points in mind:
- The primary purpose of the Endurance Phase is to enhance aerobic endurance (the body’s ability to use oxygen to produce energy for the muscles over an extended period) and muscular endurance (the ability to pedal a relatively large gear at a moderate cadence for an extended period). It is also designed to improve neuromuscular coordination (the ability to pedal a high cadence).
- The training plan consists of five, 21-day mesocycles that include 2 relatively hard weeks followed by a recovery week. More specifically, it uses a 16/5 training pattern (16 days of relatively hard training followed by 5 days…
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