Thought that might catch some attention…
But seriously. with all the online training and racing platforms out there, there seems to be a trend of cyclists doing hard efforts all year long, even in the winter, and trying to pack in shit loads of HIT sessions week after week – online races, several HIT training sessions a week, etc, etc. Does the science actually support this as an effective training approach? You think hammering all year long will make you fitter and faster in the race season, or just in general if you don’t race? According to coach Jeff Beers, think again. You may not be doing your performance a service and not letting your body go through the proven physiological adaptations required to increase fitness, vs, just maintaining a mediocre, lawn mower (flat and monotonous) like performance all year long, constantly in a half assed and in limbo state between fatigue and peak fitness.
Check out the research.
First, listen to this podcast of Beers describing the new research and findings:
https://www.trainingpeaks.com/blog/power-profiling/ (this is an awesome podcast series, btw)
Then you can read his white paper:
Once you get through this, discuss the concepts amongst yourselves and what implications it might have on our training plans and approaches.