Mixed Interval Sessions/Workouts

Did a brief search here on the forum and within TR and couldn’t really find what I was after. Hoping for some help.

Are there any “mixed interval” style workouts, similar to what you would find in Sufferfest? I realize that the training plans aren’t designed around these types of workouts. Currently, when I want to do something like this I’ll piece together 45min - 1hr long workouts or even bring them into Workout Creator and craft a 2-hour weekend masterpiece. This gets old after awhile (the creating part, not the ride).

Thanks
Tim

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Having never used Sufferfest and know what a “mixed interval” is, what exactly do you mean?

I’d love a training plan on TR that was full of mixed intervals. It would take a bit more careful crafting but I’m sure it could be done to great effect. The coaches are certainly knowledgeable enough to make it happen.

It’s one thing to design a progressive effective training plan, but to get creative with it just takes it to the next level. It reduces that element of monotony and mental fatigue. Just more fun generally to mix intervals up.

I would concede that perhaps there are downsides, but I bet there are upsides to it as well that shouldn’t be ignored.

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Some of the 8DC workouts might suit your needs, as well as the other ‘race simulation’ ones (blue ,barren,blood,…)
Search the workout list for ‘race’ and see if they fit.

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Disaster is quite mixed :grin: it is a bit long though, at 4:15. The half length or the 3/4 length look like great mixed workouts though!

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@Zahlmiac If nothing else, knowing about this one makes it easier to pull some sections out when creating my own. :+1:

@Shrike Yep, I agree. I very rarely want to just work VO2, or just work Sweet Spot.

@Warhound I searched for ‘race’. I think shortened versions of what you’re referencing would be ideal. I should be able to modify those in workout creator.

Power profile would more resemble an outdoor ride. Indoor training studios do the same thing.

Warm-up, then some sweet spot work with 1-min 120% at the beginning. Then some 110% intervals. Back to threshold for a bit. Then endurance. Mix it up.

Cathedral is mixed…

You just want some variety? modify existing workouts.

That’s what I already do. It gets old. Basically just put them together like Lego pieces.

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This is another good one for me to source from, though. Thanks! :slight_smile:

Yes, Disaster -2 (previously the “Half”) is a great 2:15 workout that hits all the marks.

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Yes, more mixed workouts would be great - particularly for people like me whom are too lazy to make them in the workout creator.

Thanks to @mcneese.chad for pointing out Disaster -2! Exactly the kind of workout I want to do on Monday before taking the rest of the week off.

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So @mcneese.chad, you’ve heard all my ramblings about “runner this, and cycling that”. What I’ve been doing the last 3 months is 2 “hard/medium” days a week (out of 5 total). Sometimes “hard/medium” is sweet spot, sometimes VO2max, sometimes threshold, over-unders…basically whatever isn’t Zone 2 (Coggan). ALL other rides are Zone1/2 (little low Zone 3 on the rolling hills). If I do a long ride, that counts as “hard/medium”, even though it’s Zone 2ish. I apply this approach on and off the trainer. I watch my TSB and my soreness. When it’s positive, do intensity, when it’s not, ride Zone 2 (as much as I have time for).

+25 watt increase in FTP, less soreness less often, and 4 hr long ride decoupling is under 4%.

Anyway, I’m finding that sometimes the “hard/medium” days are hard, but in a very one-dimensional way. Or maybe not hard enough, so I’ll tack on Pettit or half of Carson. Or more commonly, I finish a 120% FTP session and I can’t do another interval at that intensity, but why not do some tempo work? It’s a hard day, make it hard. I want to be able to work many systems on that hard day.

Tim

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In case someone stumbles across this later, from another thread (thanks @trpnhntr ) I just picked up this one:

Winchell +1

You can also create a Mixed Interval Team and upload your custom workouts there. Invite others to join and they could do the same.