The Sweet Spot

Have I mentioned that I’m getting my long-awaited knee shots? Yes, I think I have. Well, it’s cramping my training style in a big way and, as you know already, I have 3 ‘events’ coming up in April. I need to economize.

Enter the ‘sweet spot’.


The ‘sweet spot’ is a new word for me (since buying the power meter) and I have added it to the pile of other ones like ‘Functional Threshold Power’, ‘Anaerobic Capacity’ and ‘Thank You, That’ll Be €1500’.

The sweet spot lives somewhere between Tempo and Lactic Threshold, or L3 or L4, if you like. As far as I can tell, it is a point where you can still go ‘long’ and ‘hard’, but not so hard that your legs seize up (LT and above), Since you are working below LT, you are working your aerobic endurance, but at  the same time you are very close to the ‘edge’, thereby pushing up your LT.

I’ve tried to make that make sense, but I think I’ve failed. In any event, I’m planning to get to know my sweet spot pretty well over the next two weeks. I’ll let you know how it turns out.


14 thoughts on “The Sweet Spot

  1. Gerry, You might look into Apitherapy or rather bee Venom Therapy. You can still ride without restrictions.

  2. Last month I was working in a so called sweetspot within a certain percentage of ftp and then for my next set Coach says do the same workout but change the intensity. Well, there aren’t many percentage points left and it hurts like hell. I can’t figure out what’s so sweet about it.

  3. I bet if you do Bouquet hill repeats, you’ll find your sweetspot..that should put you in shape for all the bumps in the Amstel.

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