Instead, Togo prescribed a plan that centred on zone 2 on flats and zone 4 on hills.
At first it seemed quite alien to anything I had done beforehand, nevertheless after several weeks of adhering to the plan and completing a pedal technique session with Togo at the Njinga Lab I began to reap the benefits, my average power increased, and my heart rate decreased, and I was enjoying the rides more.
The Etape du Tour
I completed the Etape in what can only be described as brutal conditions reaching 40C on the Alp d’huez.
Nevertheless, I finished in the top 20%.
I was also able to finish the Etape du Tour by pushing out over 500 watts and finishing in the top 5% in the sprint segment finish.
Since then, I am following a training plan that predominantly focuses on Zone 2 aerobic work and it’s here I’m really witnessing significant improvements. My power to weight ratio is at 4.37 a significant improvement from a year ago where it was around 3. The current plan has been so insightful and beneficial, if you want to increase your power it’s not about going full gas every time one heads out on the bike. Togo’s plan and advice has demonstrated this.
It’s amazing how much more one can achieve with the right professional help, thanks Togo.