Re: Irrefutable Truths and Cycling Training
Originally Posted by tonyzackery
Ride your bike, and you will get faster...
Heh, does it?? :-) i have some gf's that are permanently stuck in z1 it seems & they go backwards on every climb we do.
irrefutable truth in cycling? here's one: EPO works!
truth is i am in the 'it depends' camp these days. why?
b'cause as i see it, it mirrors what in math is called a sextic equation (one with 6 variables). sometimes you can solve them but many times no.
in the real world think of all the things that differ among riders:
physiology (vo2max, slow twitch/fast twitch composition, etc)
(available) training time
i doubt you will ever meet anyone that has the same variables you have. meaning you & i & anyone else we meet will not - and probably shouldn't - train the same exact way. that being the case there will always be a case of it depends.
the stuff i see as irrefutable? the physics & biology of bicycling - such as less weight on a hill climb = more speed (all else equal). lower cda = more speed on the flats (all else equal). anaerobic glycolysis gets you 2 net ATP, aerobic glycolysis gets you more like 36 ATP. that's diesel vs. high octane :-)
also the basic principles seem irrefutable like: specificity & overload.