The Workout Of The Day for Tuesday, 10.11.11. – “Semi-Classic”

Howdy folks,

Well, I’m back… sorry about missing the last couple of days, the days run into the nights at the Kona Ironman…

I’ve been gone just long enough to return in time for everyone’s favorite day,

2×20 Tuesday!

If you’ve been having good luck with the 2×20’s, you can stick with them today.

Do either the Classic 2×20  or the 2×20 Get-up Style.

If you’re new to all this?

You should do the Classic 2×20 for sure. Detailed description is here.

If you’ve done the 2×20 before, and you’re ready for a challenge, we’re going to mix things up a bit.

Today we’re doing the..


What the heck is that?

In short, you’re going to do 1/2 of the Classic 2×20 – a 1×20 – followed by 10 and then 5 minute 0ver-unders.


OK, here’s how this goes:

– warm up. You don’t need to go crazy warming up, just spin around long enough that you know your legs are ready to go.

– Start by doing one twenty minute interval at your 2×20 pace. Check out the link above if you need to refresh your memory on this.

– Recover for 2-5 minutes.

– Do one 10 minute over/under interval.

– Recover for 2-5 minutes.

– Do one 5 minute over/under interval.

– Spin out your legs, go home, stretch, eat, and etc.

So, what the heck is an over/under interval?

– “Over-under” means that you are going to be working right around the level of your threshold, both above and below.

– What is your threshold? Well, for our purposes, we are going to reference the 20 minute interval we just did. Whatever wattage, heart rate, or gear ratio you used for that interval will serve as your threshold baseline.

Get a solid idea of the wattage, heart rate, or tempo you ride the 20 minute interval in, and keep it firmly stuck in your mind. This is important; you are going to bounce above and below this level for the rest of the workout.

After the 20 minute baseline effort, spin easy for 2 -5 minutes.

When you are ready, begin the 10 minute Over/under thusly:

– Ride for one minute at your baseline/20 minute intensity level.

– At the end of that minute, ride 10 seconds at 25 watts, 10 beats, or 1 gear higher than the baseline level.

– After the 10 seconds, ride 20 seconds at 25 watts, 10 beats, or 1 gear lower than the baseline.

– After the 20 seconds, you go back to the ten (over,) followed again by the 20 (under,) etc., etc.

Got it? 1 minute baseline, 10 up, 20 down, 10 up, 20 down. Repeat the up/down efforts to the end of the interval.

– Rest 2-5 minutes.

– Do it again for 5 minutes.

Have Fun!


~ by crosssports on October 10, 2011.

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