Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Power Intervals, just what the Doctor ordered

Today's training schedule called for power intervals and as I arrived home after work it was the last thing on my mind. I just wanted to relax in front of the TV and call it a day.

The last few days at work's been hectic and hard as we just finished financial year end and now it's all the planning and budget preparation going into the new year, o and salary increases and you can't please everybody. Always someone who wants to resign because they didn't get want the wanted!

I decided to just go ahead and do the session before I change my mind and boy am I glad I did.
The interval looked something like this. It's a 45 minute session, and if you think 45 minutes can't be that hard, think again when it's power intervals.

The session started with a 20 minute warm up in the beginning and a 20 minute cool down period and in between is a main set of 8x30 seconds all out with 30 seconds recovery, if you can call it recovery. It is just 30 seconds to prevent you from puking.

Yes it adds up to 48 minutes but I did a 20 minute warm up and cool down instead of 18 minutes.

During the 8x30seconds I was really suffering and if you are not suffering you are not doing it right but after my training session I felt so good and got rid of all the work related stress that's been hampering me the past two days.

Tomorrow I am back in the gym after a two week break and can't wait for the pain on Thursday morning when I wake up.

My next race is only in October and I am really looking forward to three months of just hard training without thinking or tapering for some race.


  1. J, sounds like a TOUGH workout. Amazing what exercise does for the mind.

  2. Sounds good...I was doing a similar workout yesterday, although it wasn't exactly the same, probably not as tough...I'm not an ironman...yet, that is!

  3. Not yet an ironman but one they you will
    these training sessions are great for building strength on the bike and increase fitness

  4. WOW, tough tough workout! A few more of these sessions and your fitness and strength are going to be improving in leaps and bounds! I might steal this workout from you for this winter when I am on the trainer!