Here is one of Lance's weekly workouts for October 2008, posted on a Power Training Forum by a very reliable source. After looking at this workout, you'll see that Lance isn't doing anything "magical" or "secret" in his preparation for yet another Tour de France victory. In fact, this is a typical workout that I prescribe for myself, in addition to the athletes I coach. Take a look for yourself:
-2 x per week 5-5.5 hrs endurance pace
- 2 x per week 3-4 hrs endurance pace with 2 x 20minutes at *just below LT pace (380-400watts)
- 1 x per week Tuesday-nighter
- 1 x per week 3-4 hrs with 2 sets of 4 x 20seconds max effort x 40 seconds recovery
-1 x per week day off-travel, rest.
Other than the microburst workout, once per week, seems rather ordinary. Although, I can't remember the last time I rode for 5 hrs. at endurance pace. Must be nice to have that kind of time eh? Anyway, there are no secrets or magical workouts..even for the elite pros.