I very quickly realised this wasn’t just a spinning class: the combination of wattbikes and power zone-specific training made each class as effective as possible. The power zones enable you to train in line with what you’re trying to achieve: for example, a recovery ride in zone two or three or an endurance ride in the sweet spot of zone 4 and 5 for when you need to get used to hard efforts.
For me, the Lab classes were great as I was able to get a feel for the zones and then translate them to my outdoor rides with my power metre.
Couple this with Njinga’s thorough stretching sessions (one after each class does the trick) and one of their protein recovery drinks and you’ve got yourself a balanced and complete workout routine!
FTP Booster Programme & Training for the Cape Rouleur and Cape Argus
In January 2016, just one month after I’d started the indoor Lab sessions, I signed up for the FTP Booster programme which I used to help me – very effectively – train for the Cape Rouleur and Cape Town Cycle Tour race.
Supplementing my long outdoor rides with structured, training zone-specific classes twice a week meant my pedal technique improved and I was more disciplined during my races and ride-outs.
Though I didn’t intend to have a goal for the South African events – and that wasn’t really the point of my trip; it was more to enjoy riding through areas of the country I grew up in –