How hard should you train

OK, you want to get fitter and ride faster. How hard should you train? Many cyclists use a middle of the road or ‘Goldilocks' approach when it comes to training intensity - they train hard enough to push the body out of its comfort zone but not so hard as to exhaust themselves.

But while this seems intuitively correct, more recent research suggests that there could be a better way - polarised training. The polarised approach is based on the view that middle of the road training intensity is rather unproductive for making fitness gains.

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