Power Booster Race Ready: four-week class
March 26 – April 19
Tuesday/Thursday: 6:00-7:30am, 5:30-7pm
ALL classes are 90 minutes long
POWER BOOSTER is a high-tech indoor riding and coaching program put on by Marian University Cycling for the Indianapolis community at the Marian University Paul J. Norman Cycling Center, otherwise known as the “wattage cottage.” Founded by Marian’s Head Cycling Coach Dean Peterson, the popular indoor cycling training series enters its tenth year of preparing Indy-area cyclists for a full season of training and competition through an established system of workouts that take place inside on state-of-the-art Computrainer© units.
The advanced indoor multi-rider set-up allows the riders and coach to monitor, via digital screens, individual power (wattage), speed, distance ridden, caloric expenditure, and other metrics. A small-group setting of eight riders at a time allows coaches to see individual data and hone in on each rider’s specific training needs while riders are coached through designed workouts to build power and form on the bike. The drills and prescribed cycling intervals are designed to increase cycling-specific efficiency, power, and overall output.
POWER BOOSTER is great for those with spring/summer racing goals, triathletes, or those that just want to get into shape and lose some unwanted weight fast and effectively! Power Booster BASE and BUILD is designed to build a stronger and wider base of endurance and tempo level riding on which to build higher level training into the spring of 2017! The series of classes works as a cohesive system to increase power and prepare riders for the summer season through pedal efficiency drills, specific output intervals, and feedback from coaches, who are experienced cyclists in the community.
POWER BOOSTER is ideal for riders with spring, summer, and fall racing goals, triathletes, or those that want to get into shape and lose some unwanted weight fast and effectively, building a solid base of endurance tempo while also beginning higher-end lactate threshold work. In the 2016 Build classes, riders gained an average of over 8.0% lactate functional power- about 20 watts!
Frequently asked questions
What do I need to bring to class? Yourself, your bike, water/hydration, a hand towel (recommended), and a willingness to ‘go hard’ to achieve the goals of the workout. We also have a changing area and access to showers, if you want to bring casual clothes for after the session.
CONTINUED IN 2018: up to 8 riders can purchase a storage bay to keep their bike in the Cycling Center for the duration of each phase.
Anything special I need to do to my bike for the Computrainers? No. We have the steel skewers necessary to mount your bike (although it is recomnded that you have your own) and any road tire will work. Our instructors will help you to set up on the trainer and learn the calibration process.
How will the classes be structured/will a workout be provided? Each session is structured with a warm-up, skills section, and intervals, which everyone does together. Each rider does a power test at the beginning of every POWER BOOSTER session and then receives a zone card with power zones so that you can hit your individual targets in each and every part of the workout.
CONTINUED IN 2018: Riders will be provided additional workouts to do at home on their own between classes.
What if I can't do the workout? (Workout is too hard?) We encourage everyone to do his or her best to stay on target with each workout. Every rider has his or her own individual power zones, based on the power test, that guide you to the right amount of output and push you to grow as an athlete. Our instructors will help guide you and encourage you to complete each part of each workout in the correct way.
Can I pick and choose when to come, a la carte style? We ask that you commit to (by signing up for) an entire four or six week session (two workouts per week, Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs) and follow our plan to gain maximum advantage from the POWER BOOSTER plan. While we understand that things come up and you may have to miss a workout, we encourage you to commit to the entire structure.
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Contact Marian Cycling Power Booster co-manager Hannah McDade at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!