At this point in my cycling, I’m good never doing another interval or “suffering,” but that’s still what butters the bun of the marketers selling racing. In this video, Nino teaches goal setting, diversity and frame of mind. He doesn’t race a ton of days so he can be 110% for his top 10. In season he cross trains (runs, lifts, skis) and spends 25% of his time in intensive training, adapting to suffering. It’s not as complicated as a coaching plan would have you believe: put the time in, focus it, and extend the length you can go before the elastic snaps. For roadies, besides weight cutting in the pro ranks, it’s done with 2 x 20 intervals.
While my mood has shifted from turning myself inside out during a race to finding zen, and questing for the perfect weekend ride, fully understand those that push the limits, and what it takes to perform at your best.