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Go Fartlek

Fartlek Cyclocross

Go Fartlek

Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a training method that blends continuous training with interval training. The variable intensity and continuous nature of the exercise places stress on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. It differs from traditional interval training in that it is unstructured; intensity and/or speed varies, as the athlete wishes. (Source: Wikipedia)

The art of exploring is why I fell in love with biking some 18 years ago. The ability to just go find new places and adventures on my bike without the demands of school, sports practice or home life. It was a great escape and something I think we all forget as we grow up.

This past Monday when Emily and I got back from our weekend in the mountains I hopped on my bike and went for a fartlek, or Fartlick as my iPhone calls it. The goal was to blend in different speeds, try new routes and see how my knee felt on the single speed. The result was great, I enjoyed myself and found new trails near my house. An elevated my heart rate also showed me that my knee isn’t ready for the single speed just yet.

Do you implement fartleks in your training or weekly rides? What do you find?

I find new places to take photos, time to beat up on the pedals and needed bike time without a Garmin or HRM. During big training blocks I often find my best power over time results as I’m just getting in a groove with out focusing on the Garmin.

Now, go fartlek. Take a friend if you can!

Photo Disclaimer: I lost my bar ends on the ride, they will be replaced ASAP!

2 Comments
  • womenbikeblogs
    Posted at 08:52h, 19 February Reply

    By @BikeShopGirlcom: Go Fartlek: Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a training method that blend… http://t.co/qUpLUAiz9Q

  • Ernie Strawn
    Posted at 21:56h, 19 February Reply

    I can see how for off road not having a derailer is an advantage. Too bad Sturmey Archer 3 speeds
    are so rare. Internal gears solve the derailer hiting something in the woods problem.

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