Go Faster By Doing Interval Training
Intervals are arguably the most effective way to improve your racing performance over almost any distance in any endurance sport.
There is no doubt that in order to get the most from your training, it’s not enough simply to go out and do long slow distance. Swimmers have recognised this seemingly forever and it would be weird to find a swimming club that simply does a 4km straight swim every day.
Running clubs grasp this too, although a lot of road runners never run an interval, other than the occasional fartlek interval. Cyclists might throw in the odd effort up a hill, work to catch another rider in the distance (which usually takes longer than expected) or occasionally chase an inconsiderate motorist, but structure is often lacking here too.
If we’re going to make intervals a part of our training, we need a bit more information, so here are some thoughts.