With Spring around the corner, most athletes are putting the final touches on their off-season Base Builder training. Following one of our Base Builder Programs, athletes have gone through an extensive strength building program in the gym combined with a progression through the six primary aerobic energy systems we utilize on the bike, from lowest intensity to highest intensity:
- Aerobic (all day power)
- Aerobic Threshold (2-4 hour power)
- Anaerobic Threshold (32-64 minute power)
- Vo2 Max (8-16 minute power)
- Anaerobic Power (1-4 minute power)
- Peak Power (5-20 second power)
Depending on when they got started with their Base Builder training and how much time available for building Base, athletes went through a 12, 18 or 24 week progression; in 2, 3 or 4 week blocks dedicated to each energy system mentioned above. Regardless of your exact Base building protocol you may have followed, as you come to the end of your Base phase you may be asking yourself this question:
With my Base now built and general cycling fitness established, what comes next?
Race Preparation Training
Where Base Building is general fitness development; Race Preparation is specific fitness development for your A-priority event(s) of the year.