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As we talk more about the Winter Base Training Program that begins January 7/8th at CYKL, we’re trying to clearly describe to everyone how the program works and what it’s all about. More specifically last week we told you “Winter Base training is a 12 week program designed to strip back to the essence of fitness, your aerobic base; the foundation of your fitness. We train for longer periods of time in your aerobic energy zones, building aerobic endurance and muscular endurance.”

BUT what is my aerobic training zone and why do I care about this?

Aerobic training is working at a 4/10 (on that big chart in the studio) OR something called your  Zone 2! This is where all the magic happens in building your aerobic foundation.

How do I know my own “zone 2″ heart rate 

To determine your personal aerobic and anaerobic training zones (zones 1-5) we start the program with a mandatory Lactate Threshold Test with a Heart Rate Monitor. This test has you working at a “hard” effort for 10 mins x 2. From the average of both 10 min efforts we calculate your personal heart rate training zones.

These Zones correlate to the Perceived Exertion Chart in the studio. These are personal to you and you can use them in all of our classes – not just the WBT Program.

Why Do I care about zone 2 or aerobic training?

Aerobic fitness is the foundation to all fitness. Just like a house if you don’t have a strong foundation everything else you build on it could crumble. So if you want to be stronger or better in your intervals, or on hills, if you want to increase your anaerobic tolerance, you must first build a solid aerobic foundation. When you 
train in Zone 2 for long periods
 (over 1 hr) you teach your body to utilize FAT as a fuel source, as it is a long slow burning fuel.

We often get hooked on the adrenaline rush of high intensity shorter duration classes and feel like we are “not working hard enough” in endurance classes. This type of go, go, go training can have a negative effect on your fitness because you will simply over train and eventually either injure yourself or crash and burn. You need to train smart and balanced to keep yourself strong and healthy. This means stripping it back to endurance type training at least once a week, allowing yourself to actually breathe!

CYKL Team

Every January CYKL runs a 12 week winter base training program on Saturdays at 7am OR Sundays at 12pm!

This program has been a FAVOURITE for all kinds of riders at CYKL! Every weekend is a 90 min to 2 hour ride, focused on building your aerobic endurance (4/10) which is the foundation for all the training you do here. As the weeks progress, the rides get tougher and more demanding, training your muscular endurance (6-7/10) and anaerobic endurance (7+).

Lots of CYKL riders do the program don’t ride a bike outside. Many use the program to “re-set” after the holiday season, since the long rides are BIG calorie and fat burners! Others have goals like completing the Ride to Conquer Cancer, Ride for Heart, running a 10km or half marathon, or like Dominic (an awesome past participant of the Winter Base Training Program) to feel ready for his triathlon season!

Dom kindly gave us a testimonial for CYKL’s WBTP, here’s what he had to say!

“I’ve participated in CYKL’s Winter Base Training for 3 years in a row. I found the program very beneficial as a way to increase my conditioning and endurance ahead of triathlon season. By focusing on our lactate threshold and heart rate zones, everyone was able to monitor their improvements weekly. Coming out of the 12 weeks, I felt ready to hit the road!”

Winter Base Training Program is ON SALE NOW!!

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CYKL Team

CYKL is headed to the Blue Mountain area on September 23-25th, for an awesome and challenging weekend of cycling! You can save 15% if you reserve by July 15th! Use the promocode: CYKLExp2016 when purchasing.

COST: $450+hst

Includes: 2 nights shared accommodation, meals and snacks (a few beers!), guided rides on Saturday and Sunday and support.

These weekends always sell out, so book today to avoid disappointment! 

CYKL Team

Kim, Emily and Jen were hosting our final CYKL Experience up in Blue Mountain on Sept 25-27th. The cycling and weather was incredible, with blue skies and loads of hill climbing for kms! We loved it so much that we’re already planning on coming back up in the early spring next year! Here are some pics from the weekend!

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We’ll be hitting the roads around Blue Mountain for some great climbing and even better pastry & espresso stops!

When: September 25th-27th

COST: $450+hst

You can save 20% when you purchase before August 1st – use the promocode – “CYKLExp2015″

Includes: 2 supported rides with Kim and Jen, home made food and meals, accommodations, and good times!

There are ONLY 4 SPACES LEFT! This one is our most popular trip so if you’re interested sign up ASAP!

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Price is based on shared accommodation. Single room occupancy is more.