Cynthia has a question about the perceived exertion for threshold intervals and the recovery in between the intervals. She also asks for motivational cues.
She asked the question in the comments of one of our Obsessed with Cycling Drills posts by Tom Scotto called The On-Ramp. Tom uses this drill to train his riders how to know how hard to push at the start of various-length intervals, so they can learn how to pace themselves, especially for the longer threshold drills.
Here is Cynthia’s question.
I’m going to do a section of my next class with this drill in mind. I’ll do a 30-second start up, and then 3.5 minutes of work and 4-minute recovery. I’m going to do this twice in the middle of class. So here are my questions—any feedback would be appreciated.
- What is the RPE during the hard work?
- I was just going to not talk at all during the 3 minutes of work and maybe even get off my bike and join them in class. If you do talk any cues you suggest other than the regular motivational cues?.
- And during the 4-minute recovery song, I presume RPE is 5?
Thoughts? Thanks so much!
Thanks for the great question, Cynthia!