Originally Posted by Dave Van Skike
on a track bike you can do this for quite a while. the key is to start each interval with a 5 second all out jump sprint and try to survive the balance of it.
As I was running and biking today...this thought rang out true. (I remember hearing this from an ex-pro tri guy I used to do track workouts 400/800 with...and he owned my ass on all the runs). As he said...to train by starting off hard and maintaining...than trying to go out slower and speed up later. Same can be said for a hockey game or shift, it's easier to jump out and keep it up (although painful still) than to sit back and try to accelerate later (of course depends on your position and where the play of the puck is at that time).
As for any of my sports/cardio...I just always start off hard....and then try and keep it up for however long I am going for. It sucks....it's painful....I'm running like a kid on sugar....but it works for me. By the end of the trail I run (1.5 miles) which is up and down....or the MTB trail on a single speed (so I have to haul ass up and hill and then take it easy riding down for 30min straight)...I pretty much want to puke...but I am sure it is working to improve my endurance and recovery. I don't do track workouts anymore....I just want fun training (and always a nice cold beer to recover with). I think I'll name my training program.....Balls Out, Beer After....or BOBA for short. Should be a best selling ebook soon for only 9 payments of $39.99.