Let’s say your first A priority race is the criterium championships and the second part of your season is based on the road racing championship. We know crits are based on speed, muscular endurance, cornering, and power technical riding. We also know that road racing is based on endurance, short burst of power, and speed over long amounts of time. With these facts being stated, coming out of your base training you would start to focus on speed intervals and power work outs. This is all assuming your limiters are truly limiting factors. You would still have an endurance day or two in your plan, but you wouldn’t need a crazy amount of endurance training. Later, after your transition phase, you would start with more endurance training 3-4 days, but adding micro intervals of your limiting factors in at times during some of the workouts. An endurance workout during that phase might look like 40 minutes top of zone 3 followed by 5-10 minutes at middle of 4 up to 5, and followed by 20 minutes back to the top of 3.
Keeping this all in mind there is always a balance between speed and endurance training. Both types of racing need both factors, but you just need more of one during each type of racing. Have a coach plan or plan your seasons so that you’re in peak form for the type of race you want to win. Don’t get caught in a criterium with plenty of bike time and no “pop”, or in a road race with tons of speed and little endurance.
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