Training Tips: The Danger Zone Workout

Training Tips: The Danger Zone Workout

If Tiffany Pezzulo could race every day, she would. Unfortunately only racing can make you slow by digging holes or eroding your base. So no matter who you are, you have to train.

"My first choice of favorite workout would be recovery day and the 2nd would be race day...but if I have to pick an ACTUAL workout, I like a workout that feels like an active criterium where there are lots of accelerations and attacks. You have to go HARD for a short period and then try to REST as HARD as you can for a short period!" - Tiffany Pezullo

Here's Tiffany Pezzulo's workout that is as much of a thrill ride (and vomit-inducing) as a race. But if done right, will do the work to get you and keep you fast.

 

The workout: Tiffany Pezzulo’s Top Gun Intervals.


Essentially this is an intense microburst workout and shows up frequently on a race schedule, especially closer to races. Early in the season these intervals are shorter (3x5 minutes) and should gradually increase in duration as the season goes on.

(Pezzulo suggests wearing full-finger gloves to do this workout since you're trying to simulate a real race - to hear her other suggestions that'll really fine-tune this workout watch the video above)

Get Workout
20' Warm Up

 
BLOCK 1: Openers

You'll get a rest before the main event so use these to really warm up.

Repeat 6x:
1' @ Z5
2' Rest

10' Rest
BLOCK 2: Danger Zone

Repeat 20x:
15" MAX Effort @ Z5
15" Off (barely pedaling)

5' Rest
BLOCK 3: Danger Zone

Repeat 20x:
15" MAX Effort @ Z5
15" Off (barely pedaling)

5' Rest
BLOCK 4: Danger Zone

Repeat 20x:
15" MAX Effort @ Z5
15" Off (barely pedaling)

5' Rest
BLOCK 5: Danger Zone

Repeat 20x:
15" MAX Effort @ Z5
15" Off (barely pedaling)

5' Rest
20' Endurance/Cool Down/Go Home

Finished.

Get Workout

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