Time for Tension

This is a Cycling pattern from www.turnstep.com. (pattern 8227)

I have used this site so much, that it only seems fair that I share one of my own drills.

Essentially what you do is match the tension you are using to the length of time you do it for. So, starting at a tension of 30%, you ride for 30 seconds, then 40% for 40 seconds, 50% for 50 seconds and so on up to 90% for 90 seconds. Between each tension you would rest for 20-30 seconds to get a quick drink and bring the heart rate down a little - otherwise you'll be pretty dead by the ends.

I have done this drill two different ways, either going from 40-90 and then stopping, which takes about 7 minutes; or going from 40 to 90 and back down to 40. If you go up and back down, the drill takes about 15 minutes to complete. One thing that I have done to pass the time is to ask each participant to yell out their favorite dessert at each tension. It sounds simple, but it does actually help to pass the time, especially if you make little jokes, or have people explain what a particular thing is, ask them who makes it and that kind of stuff. I also remind participants about body form, and breathing and drinking lots of water, and use this drill to work on keeping a good strong form - it's not about speed, or jumping around, just a good solid ride.

I hope you enjoy it, and if you haven't tried the Killer Hill Repeats drill, you should give it a go, it is really, really a great drill.

Happy Holidays,

PS-has anyone thought about christmas music, yet. I know there are some mixed cd's out there, and I'm wondering if anyone has tried using them?

Added by Michelle Collett at 9:30 AM on Thursday, December 7, 2000 EST. Add to favorites (view favorites)
(Email: michelle@michellecollett.com)
From: Waterloo, Ontario (Canada)
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