Today was a good day – sun was shining, and the evenings are getting longer.
Which means for bike lovers, it’s the start of racing/sportive/event/triathlon season.
Fantastic news for those who have been preparing all winter.
Not so great if you’ve been putting off getting started!
But with every problem, there is always a solution.
It’s just a matter of perspective!
For the majority of cyclists, the aim of the game is getting from A to B firstly in one piece, and then once you know you CAN do it, its then a question of doing it as fast as you can.
Which begs the question, how do you build yourself up to covering the distance.
How do you get faster over that distance.
Frequency, Intensity and Time (FIT).
You can either ride more, ride with more intensity or ride for longer.
For the vast majority of cyclists we work with, riding more often is a problem, due to family, work and social commitments. Riding for longer also falls into the same issues too.
Which leaves us with intensity.
But this begs the question, if you are training for a 100 mile cycling event, what good is an hour session going to do?
In my books, intensity is important no matter what distance you are training for, in fact, leading up to a 100 mile sportive, as long as you can hit 60-70% of the distance 3-5 times in the weeks before the event BUT have completed some more intense sessions of around an hour, you’ll get round.
The mental battle of a long distance ride far outweighs fitness at a beginner/intermediate level.
At higher levels and for those competing over longer distances, a combination of both, distance work and speed work is definitely required.
So for our riders, we recommend an indoor session twice per week to work on fitness, technique and strength, but the type of intervals that it is hard to do outdoors (for safety mostly) combined with an outdoor ride, gradually building up in distance to that 60-70% of the event distance, maybe more if psychologically they need that boost.
With this method you get the best of both worlds, a couple of structured, time efficient, indoor training sessions, combined with a good endurance based outdoor workout.
In fact with our VIP membership, you can combine our carefully designed indoor sessions (written by us) with our outdoor social rides.
Plus, we also throw in free access to our seminar sessions, outdoor skills sessions and you’ll be able to pick our coaches brains on everything on two wheels which saves endless hours on Google looking for advice!
Check out our first month VIP membership for just £40 and revolutionise your cycling in 2017 like Steve below:
Before I joined HURTBOX I was a regular bike commuter who felt like he’d plateaued in terms of speed. As much as I pushed myself, I didn’t seem to get much faster. It was time for a different approach and HURTBOX seemed worth a punt. After 3 months of going to a couple of sessions each week I was definitely feeling fitter and getting quicker, but I wasn’t sure how much. Then I revisited one of my favourite climbs that I hadn’t been to for a while. My previous best in 10 attempts over the last 3 years was 8m 36s, and some of those were done when I was at my fittest. On my recent visit I did it in 7m 13s. All I can say is that HURTBOX obviously does make you fitter, faster and friendlier (in that I’ve now got some new cycling buddies as an added bonus!)
Two of our regular riders (both of whom are focusing on middle/long course triathlon this year) have been training with us since October. They took their first ever FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test (otherwise known as the STRATEGY SESSION) back in Oct and have be training consistently on the bike with us in the studio and it has certainly paid dividends.
Rider ‘A’ saw an increase of just over 11% in just over 3 months
Rider ‘B’ had an increase of a little over 5% in the same time frame
These are truly ace results are we are really proud to show by example what can be done with some hard work, consistent training, a fun environment to ride in and a great community & team!
Just a couple of our amazing results from the Studio – read Rider A’s view below…
P.S. Coming up this month we have a Nutrition Seminar with Michelin Star Chef and extremely talented Duathlete and Time Triallist Alan Murchison.
Sign up for your VIP membership today and gain free access to what is going to be an incredible evening of tips, hints and socialising!