I thumbed through the list of workouts in my cycle workout book, looking for one that would fit my needs. I thumbed through the force workouts, skipped past the speed skill workouts, and settled in to the muscular endurance workouts. For some reason, I had it in my mind that I needed to do intervals. Evidently, my TT on Sunday was not enough.
The workout I chose called for 5 or 6 intervals of 6 minutes each with 2 minutes of recovery. The suggested intensity was zone 3. I had read recently that Zone 3 wasn't a great intensity at this stage of the game. It was either zones 1/2 or zones 4/5. After looking the workout over, I decided that I would die if I did 6 minute intervals, and I would die twice if I did 5 or 6. I settled on 4 four minute intervals with 2 minute recovery intervals.
After a 16 minute warm up, I kicked off the first interval. It took forever, but my HR managed to slowly climb through zones 2 and 3 and peter out in low zone 4. The good news was that I was a leetle more comfortable than in my TT. The subsequent intervals worked me over really well, and it was a lot easier and faster to get my HR up into zone 4. I wrapped up with five minute cool down, allowing the sweat to flow from my body as I cooled down.
I was very pleased with this workout. Pleased I had done it. Pleased that it was over. Pleased to have more time to do other things. Not really sure if such intensity is "normal" or not this early in the season, but as long as I keep it short, recover smart, and not get burned out, I think it will be just fine.