During the winter months, many cyclists take on a steady diet of traditional base training: long, slow zone 2 or “aerobic” training rides. For years, this has been the gospel for cyclists of all types, from the pros down to the greenest cat 5 racers, from endurance riders to crit racers to gran fondo riders. The question is, with all the science coming out touting the benefits of high-intensity interval training, are those long base miles the key to season-long success or are they doing more harm than good?
In today’s podcast, I’ll explore the concept of traditional base training, how it’s supposed to be done, who needs that traditional base training and who doesn’t need it. I’ll also give you a way to compromise on your traditional base training which can help you maintain your high-end fitness throughout your base period and leave you stronger and fresher during the season.
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