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    Difference between few long intervals & many short ones?

    What is the difference between doing a lot of short intervals and a few long ones?
    Basically if I do a climb a couple of times that gets my heart rate above 90% for 5 min each time is it the same as doing ten one minute long intervals?

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    1x10min is going to work and tire your legs more than 2x5mins at the same HR, but you should be getting about the same cardio workout. So you should start interval training with short ones and build up to longer ones.

    However, 5x2min @95% vs 1x10 @90% is a different story, you are probably going to see some different training effects. There are a number of popular charts that show the different zone intensities and their physiological effects.

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    There's a chart on this page that can help you define the physiological training effects at each different training level
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    Thanks.

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    Look at what most of your races courses are (or what you are training for)

    If you have a lot of short up and down, you can benefit from concentrating on those shorter, more intense, repeating intervals. If you are like me who has races and normal rides with long climbs, I tend to concentrate on the longer 10-20 min intervals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziscwg View Post
    Look at what most of your races courses are (or what you are training for)

    If you have a lot of short up and down, you can benefit from concentrating on those shorter, more intense, repeating intervals. If you are like me who has races and normal rides with long climbs, I tend to concentrate on the longer 10-20 min intervals.
    Makes sense.
    I don't race (right now) so this is more from a general-fitness/I-just-want-to-ride-faster POV but I do plan on trying out racing in the future so the info helps.

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