Warm-Up, Cool Down and Everything Between on CVT
Warming-up and cooling down are great for your exercise performance — you'll ride stronger, and recover better and faster from those hard efforts! Train like the Pros, warm-ups and cool-downs should be a part of every ride. Train smarter and take advantage of this new feature this season.
We are sure you have heard it before - it's recommended to warm-up before each training. Right now, you can find this feature directly in Apps under Profile Training. When you warm-up, your heart rate increases gradually, muscles warm to prevent injury, and your ligaments and tendons become more flexible, reducing the chance of injury. However, warm-ups are not only about physical preparation, they can help you to be mentally prepared too.
Pre-Training screen – Android App
Running warm-up – Android App
Warm-ups in CVT is quite simple to do. Just click on "Start Training" or "Start Race" in the pre-training screen. Then you can then define your warm-up or start the training. You can even choose the target power appropriate for your performance level. The warm-up time and intensity depends on the type of training and its length. You can transition from warm-up to training or race whenever you're ready unleash your legs.
Cooling down after the ride is just as important as warming-up. Your heart will still beating faster than normal, your body temperature higher and blood vessels still dilated. If you stop too fast without cooling down, you could pass out or feel sick and dizzy for a while. Another good reason to cool down properly is that your body will begin to recover faster – and who doesn't want that?
Running cool down – Desktop App
At the end of training, the cool down will start automatically in Desktop app. In the iOS and Android apps you can choose to a) Ride again, b) Cool down, c) Finish at the same level you did for the warm-up by choosing your target power and just click/tap "Finish" when you're done.
For more on the benefits of warming-up, read this post by USAC coach, Nick Traggis.