Reduce volume, increase intesity..

Reduce volume, increase intesity..

Reduce volume, increase intesity..

Reduce volume, increase intesity..

schmalz What were your training rides like in preparation for the record attempt? Were they long rides, did you do just hour efforts?
Obree I would do the occasional two hour ride, and then I would spend most of my time riding for an hour on the computrainer.
schmalz And those were all out efforts?
Obree To the point of exhaustion.
schmalz How many times a week would you do you one hour effort?
Obree I would do that about twice, depending on how my body felt. If my body felt tired I would leave it, or I would do a time trial if there was time trial race to ride. Or I would go and do strength work – strength endurance work in really huge gears over hills to really stress the muscles.
schmalz How many hours a week would you say you were riding?
Obree Well, actual training was probably 4 hours a week. But recovery riding was every day. I spent more time recovery riding in really small gears. And also a lot of time stretching. So if you include stretching and recovery riding it was probably 20 hours a week.
schmalz But just only 4 hours a week training?
Obree There’s no point in doing a whole pile of training if it’ll be substandard. What you want is to be fresh enough and prepared enough and recovered enough to actually set out in your training ride to replicate your efforts.
schmalz In your training efforts, did you have a heart rate monitor or a cyclometer?
Obree No. What I had was the best cycling body monitoring computer ever invented – the cerebral cortex.
schmalz You have your whole feedback system built in already.
Obree Absolutely. Thousands of feedbacks – in real time!
schmalz How did the efforts in training compare to the effort during the record attempt? What was going through your mind, did you get the time splits? Were you doing calculations in your mind?
Obree I was feeling, “Well, I’ve got to do it; I’m a failure if I don’t.” And you’re just thinking, “I’ve got to get this next lap.” Even half way through, your lap board still says 100 laps, and the laps are so painfully slow. You just can’t take the last twenty minutes, you’re so tired your eyes are kind of bloody. And you feel, “This has to end.” But you have to go on. You begin to sink into a rhythm. It gets to the point where you’re whole body is wrapped in pain, but no individual muscle is so bad that you can’t continue.


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6 responses to “Reduce volume, increase intesity..

  1. redBeard

    Interesting math on the training hrs/week statement. He said he ‘trained’ 4 hrs/week. But he spent another 16 hrs/week of other physical efforts, even though they weren’t high-intensity efforts — recovery rides, stretching, etc.

  2. timmer

    but the 4 hours are critical.. i don’t do too much more myself.. add training, commuting, racing and it’s about 5 hours really.. then add a daily 45 minute dog walk, 2 minutes of crunches/ab work, stretching and it’s about 12 hours a week.. eat right, train hard, rest harder..

  3. T

    By those measurements, I actually “train” for around 6 minutes a week.

    Total is around 8 hours of exercise time.

  4. tcoughlin

    I think there is a lot more than that interview…

  5. Ray

    Don’t forget the bowling, Timmer.

  6. Franz

    I am at approximately 4 minutes a week now and total 8 to 10 hours of total exercise time.

    I very much agree with the philosophy that when training you have to hit it at 100% or don’t bother. The other part to that is that you need to be very consistent in that you build on each hard workout.

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