INSCYD Interview about the upcoming season
We are at the start of the new season, but before the first performance tests with INSCYD, our riders need to train for at least 2 to 4 weeks. This is really important, because in the first weeks after a long break we can observe huge changes in their physiological values. With the first benchmark tests of the season performed with INSCYD, we will set their starting point for the first preparation block. And that is why physiological parameters like VO2max, VLamax, percentage of body fat, functional movement screening and a complete health check will give us a good overview of where they are.
Based on the results of those tests, the second step of their preparation will be individually tailored. Especially during the team training camps, there is a big risk that you have a 70:30 situation. That means that for 70% the group the training is perfect, but for 30% of them the load is too high or too low. And that is why INSCYD comes into play and help us to put the riders that can work together in the same group, or – alternatively – it suggests us which ones can already start their individual development.
There are also different approaches in training. You can use the first weeks of training to build-up a strong base by using volume as the main stimulus without any intensity at all, or you can combine volume and intensity to push their VO2max since the beginning. But if you do so, it’s really important to set the correct intensity and the correct intensity zones for the intervals. The result of too much intensity during these intervals could lead into an anaerobic stimulus with a low aerobic base. Being the beginning of the season, that can lead to a performance decrease during the camp or a decrease of their aerobic performance development.
That’s why, especially at the beginning of the season, it’s important to individuate and use the right intensity zones for the riders. In order to avoid the 70/30 situation, it is important to base the training intensities on those metrics we want to target in the following training blocks and races (VO2max, VLamax and FatMax) instead of just extrapolating them from the anaerobic threshold. In fact, to ensure that the training zones are correct and effective, we need to know exactly what the VO2max, the Vlamax and the FatMax of the athletes are.