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Another silly interval questionWheelsuker
Mar 20, 2002 5:28 AM
OK. Experienced cyclist, sometime racer here. I am trying to get fit again, but seem to get mentally tired of trying to get my HR up to sub-max when doing 2 minute intervals. 2 min on 2 min off. It just seems too hard. I have been fit enought to have won a couple of races years ago, so I know that the pain is necessary. Is it just a mattr of working in to it, or is my brain telling me that I just don't have the competitive urge anymore????

Thanks!!
re: Another silly interval questionbrider
Mar 20, 2002 7:24 AM
It myy be that you just need to have that other cyclist there to push you. I know a lot of people that have trouble pushing themselves in training, but they will absolutely KILL themselves in a race. Works for them. You might just be that way mentally.
Inability to get your HR up to speed is a sign of overtraining,bill
Mar 20, 2002 8:27 AM
I've always heard.
Have you considered that your max HR lowers as you get older? I assume that means that your threshold does, as well, so maybe you're hitting your threshold before you think you are. I guess it wouldn't diminish very quickly; more likely, you may have to ease back into threshold training, because your tolerance for lactate may have diminished in your season of wine and roses (i.e., the off-season).
I would back off and ease into intensity a bit, give it a week or two, and see where you are.
re: Another silly interval questionmaniac
Mar 21, 2002 6:41 AM
I am not all that experienced but at 40 I also have to work to get into and stay at A.T. I personally use a Cyclops trainer and their Video with coach Troy and doing that I am able to push my self much more effectivly,I believe it is as previous poster mentioned having the ability to see other peoople putting in the same effort helps you not to quit.

Good Luck