Most of these posts I’m making are a “regurgitation” of what I myself am learning. I would never be able to come up with them myself.
What I’ve learned about Endurance Rides is that in order to make them more effective they need to be mixed in with something else. For example, for me riding 260-70 steady is endurance. I can do that pretty easily at a steady pace. However, if I mix up that endurance with something hard the 260 becomes more difficult and I’m actually working hard to hit the number.
For example, here is how I work my endurance zone.
Some 10 minute effort around 270 - high cadence, low cadence, standing, seated
3x5 - mixed bag around 325 - 350 - again high, low, standing, seated
3x5 - some new variation of above
After you do the above, legs are tired, I’ve hit my glycogen stores, and then I work on endurance efforts.
4 x 10’ efforts at 270 - standing, seated, high, low… 5’ recovery between them
Again, I’m regurgitating what I’m learning and it has been very effective over the last year. It’s totally different than anything else out there so it’s difficult to absorb this without seeing everything else that goes into it. I would just encourage people to try endurance efforts on tired legs with depleted glycogen stores.