Michael J. Ross’ book “Maximum Performance for Cyclists” outlines an intriguing plan for high intensity intervals.
First, he has you conduct a “modified Conconi test” by starting at 60 watts and increasing by 10 watts every minute until you can no longer hold the wattage. The highest power output is your “critical power”. This definition differs from Friel, BTW.
Then you conduct a test to determine your max time at critical power or “Tmax”. You are supposed to do three days of high intensity intervals at critical power and increase the interval length by 10% each day, starting at 50% Tmax. You increase the power by 10% and start over at 50% Tmax for the next block of intervals.
Anybody have experience determining “critical power” using Ross’ method? It sounds like there are a lot of variables at play that could influence such a long running test, but what do I know? Is this a widely accepted test? I can’t seem to find much info on Google.
Also, increasing power by 10% weekly seems like a big jump. Thoughts?
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