Yesterday’s “double day” went to plan after a good recovery from Thursday’s longer ride with MTB-specific intervals. I thought it would be a stretch to step up to another day with some interval suffering, but pleasingly it went down quite well.
The efforts were VO2Max-targeted, but on the upper end and of a slightly shorter duration than normal. I feel at this stage late in the season, things have to be pushed, but also mimic climbs found off-road in an XC race, a 2 minutes is a lot closer to what you typically find than intervals of 3-4 minutes.
Here’s the first ride:
The second session of the day was on the MTB in a local wood which is perfect for general skills training, but is also exactly the sort of terrain you find in XC races. It’s punchy, rooty and rocky, but also has some man-made jumps and berms. These vary in size, so offer some good scope for progression. This ride wasn’t very intense and was a kind of useful wind-down after the morning’s work.
In between the rides, I just caught up on email, had some lunch and got stuff together in preparation for the ride. It’s all about recovering as good as possible from the earlier session, which for me is always the hardest of the day. I don’t nap, as this affects my evening sleep, but I’m still trying to be as restful as I can be.
That second ride is here:
Today’s ride is of a standard endurance affair. Weather’s good and the intensity will be low, so all’s well.