All photos courtesy of Paul Higgins—above, Annett in action recently at CDA 70.3
by Jen Annett
Ed. Note—Wattie Ink. pro Jen Annett is the fastest female triathlete on the bike. She has the records to prove it, and presently is getting ready for an assault on the Lake Placid course. We asked her what her favorite cycling session looks like, and here is what she told us.
Whenever I get asked this question, I kind of feel like I have a bunch of different answers. I love riding so much, and each workout serves a different purpose, even if it’s just an easy spin. I love the easy days with no computers or numbers to focus on—just the pure enjoyment of getting out on my bike. I love our #timetrialtuesday Lost Moose climbs, which is an event local to Penticton, B.C., where I live. The Lost Moose Climb is an eight kilometer (five miles, to those of you south of the border) all out effort with 615m elevation gain. These are hard and working with a group in a “cat and mouse” format really helps me push myself to the limit (I’m not competitive at all...really). Plus it’s fun to see my friends and training partners improve throughout the year as well!
Annett in action at Victoria 70.3 in June 2018
I do have to say that my most favorite time spent on the bike in training would be long rides. I love escaping from my busy life, putting some good music on, and hitting the road for hours. While these rides are still structured and have challenging segments, I am usually in my happy place on these rides. That being said, I’ve also been challenged with some pretty challenging dark places during these rides! Charging through these physically and mentally challenging moments are what really help on race day. I have always told myself that training in the worst situations will only make race day easier an keep me prepared to overcome anything!
Annett on the podium at Victoria 70.3
During the winter, when I’m stuck inside on the trainer, my favorite session features one min repeats. As much as I hate these, I always see good gains with them! 24x(1min at 115% of FTP, 1' recover) whips you into shape pretty quickly! I am not a huge fan of any indoor rides over 3 hours, but thanks to Zwift, I have been able to hammer out some pretty solid 4+hour rides!