How To Train On A Budget | Training For Cycling Without Power Or Heart Rate

Published on October 31st 2018


Most of us cyclists will have some sort of quantitative measuring device strapped to ourselves or our bike when we are riding. However, can we sometimes benefit from riding without all this and base it purely on feel? Chris and James run you through how to train based on feel... Shop GCN Winter Kit: Pre-Order Your Casual Winter Jackets Now! Subscribe to GCN: Register your interest in the GCN Club: Subscribe to GCN en Español: Submit your content with our new uploader: Join our Facebook community: To get the most out of training on feel, it is best, as ever to plan ahead. So, a pen and paper, or online planner will be useful to start with. The main reason for doing this is to create a plan that you can follow, stick to and improve with. It is easy to lose direction without planning. So keep on track! From here, you will want to translate those planned intensities or training zones into on the bike sensations and that is where we will use perceived exertion. And, for certain efforts, max duration to failure. This is particularly useful for maximal efforts. With ‘max duration to failure’, we are referring to pacing yourself at an intensity that will see you want to stop as soon as the interval is over. In other words, if it is a 2 minutes effort, you empty the tank within that period and will want to freewheel or sit in the gutter as soon as it finishes. Using a scoring system from 1-10 is useful for perceived exertion. 10 being an excruciating effort that you can only maintain for very short bursts. Whilst at level 1, you’ll be doing an effort you could continue indefinitely. Your endurance sessions should start out at around 4 on a PE scale, with the 20-minute efforts we described above around 8.5-9. An effort of 30-60 minutes would be 7-8. With your 3-6 minute efforts around 9-9.5. For much of the effort, squeezing towards a 10 at the end. Anything under 3, is most likely to be a 9.5-10, in reality, as these efforts are so short. If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - Watch more on GCN... Get Fit Quick Ep. 2 📹 Music: Epidemic Sound Khandi - Ooyy Salamanca - Sarah, the Illstrumentalist Turquoise Waves - Sarah, the Illstrumentalist Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto /