The Sufferfest & Apex Coaching

Intermediate Cycling / General / Outdoor Weekend Rides, by The Sufferfest

Plan Length: 10 Weeks

This training plan was designed by APEX Coaching for cyclists who:

* Have NOT taken the 4DP Full Frontal fitness test in The Sufferfest app OR for those who wish to base their training on RPE / FTP-based metrics
* Have previous experience with structured training plan or have been riding consistently for more than 2 years
* Have trained fewer than an average of 11 hours/week in the previous ~3 months
* Have up to 8 hours/week they can dedicate to training over the course of the next ~3 months

This plan is designed to suit the time-crunched athlete, with the majority of weekday workouts under 60 minutes and longer weekend rides outdoors.

Note: the average weekly training hours listed do not include the optional yoga and mental training plans you may wish to add to your schedule (more details available when you apply a plan to your account).

The plan finishes on a high note, with the last week bringing you fit and fresh into the Full Frontal fitness test.

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Sample Week of Training

Below is a week of training from this plan which represents the type of workouts you will be doing.

Bike - The Shovel

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✭✭✩
AC: ✭✭✭✭✭
MAP: ✭✭✭✭✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✩✩

Time to dig deep into the COURAGE mines. Real deep. No other workout runs the full range of 4DP like this one. The consistent inverse relationship between interval length and intensity pushes your AC to the very limit, ensuring that after each micro-interval your body recovers just enough to hit and hold your power target for the next interval...even if you don't think you can. The 5-10 second efforts hit your NM system hard. No holding back for these short efforts. All out means all out. The 15-60 second efforts all require significant anaerobic energy, but with so little rest your cardiovascular system never really gets a break. This not only stresses your AC as you try to recover, but it also pushes your MAP to its limit as your body tries to generate as much aerobic power as possible. Even though there is not a single interval in this workout that is longer than 60 seconds, each full set lasts more than 20 minute. The unrelenting aerobic stress turns this session into a surprisingly good FTP builder.

Planned: 1:15:00

Bike - G.O.A.T

Four Dimensional Power Focus:

- Neuromuscular Power (NM - 5 second): ✭✭✭✩✩
- Anaerobic Capacity (AC - 1 minute): ✭✭✩✩✩
- Maximal Aerobic Power (MAP- 5 minute): ✭✩✩✩✩
- Functional Threshold Power (FTP - 20 minute): ✭✭✭✭✩

This session is all about high-torque efforts, very similar to the efforts you would experience out riding up the steep slopes of Mt Sufferlandria. While these efforts are short, and the intensity isn’t too high, the low cadence targets combined with minimal recovery will leave some begging for the high cadence sprints of The Omnium.
High torque efforts like these have two primary benefits. Improved neuromuscular coordination, and increased muscular endurance.

During each pedal revolution your legs have to “switch on” and “switch off” almost all of the muscles in your legs. High cadence efforts in something like Cadence Builds are great for teaching these groups to make that switch quickly. These low cadence efforts are better for teach ALL of the muscles in your legs to “switch on”. Done properly you should be pulling with your hamstrings with one leg while the other leg is pushing down with all the force your glutes and quads can muster. If you feel like you are pushing yourself up out of the saddle during harder efforts (like seated sprints) then your hamstrings are not being utilized since they should be pulling you back down into your saddle.

The second main benefit is improved muscular endurance. Even though the session is under 45 minutes, you will put a similar amount of muscular fatigue into your legs as a steady 3 hour base ride. You can almost view this session as hitting the leg press for 8 sets of 100 reps.

And just like the weight room, proper form is absolutely key! That means:
-- You should focus on pushing down AND pulling back up. You want your glutes and quads activated on the way down, and your hamstring and hip flexors activated on the way up.
-- To properly engage your hamstrings think about trying to pulling your heel up to your butt when your crank arm is going from 6 o’clock to 10 o’clock.
-- Your knees should be tracking straight up and down, no collapsing in or out!
-- Your core should be fully engaged to keep your hips rock steady in the saddle. This will be easier if you are both pushing and pulling during each pedal revolution.

This session is very simillar to Power Station. Both help improve your muscular endurance and coordination, the biggest difference is the work to rest ratio between the two. While the intervals here are shorter than those in Power Station, the decreased recovery duration means fatigue will build faster, especially for those with a weakness in repeated efforts. Modifying interval length and recovery duration can also be seen between sessions like Revolver and A Very Dark Place. Both serve up a healthy dose of MAP/VO2 work, but the overall "feeling" of those two sessions are different.

If you find that your lower back starts to ache during this session, or that you have to start rocking in the saddle to keep the power up, then it’s time for you get started on our Yoga programme. Kick it off with “Core Strengtheners I” to make sure your core is just as strong as those legs!

Planned: 42:00

Bike - Violator

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✭✭✭
AC: ✭✭✭✭✭
MAP: ✭✭✭✩✩
FTP: ✭✩✩✩✩

If NM and AC got together to throw a party, this would be it. Violator is the perfect example of how the amount of recovery time between efforts dramatically changes the amount of training stress you get. Yes, there are 64 sprints, but they're not all doing the same thing for your fitness. The first set of sprints has enough recovery that you'll be able to work your NM to the max. The second set still has enough recovery to allow you to hit high power numbers, but the reduced time between sprints stresses your ability to recover and repeat that high effort. That means you'll start to dip into AC. The last set-with equal sprint and recovery times-ensures your heart rate never gets a chance to drop down. That works your MAP like nobody's business.

Planned: 1:08:00

Bike - MAP: 2 sets 3 x 2

Warm-Up
10 minutes @ RPE 2 -- 45% of FTP -- HR <65%
7 minutes @ RPE 3 -- 55% of FTP -- HR <75%
1 minute @ RPE 3.5 -- 65% of FTP -- HR <80%
1 minute @ RPE 4.5 -- 75% of FTP -- 90%
30 seconds @ RPE 2 -- 45% of FTP -- HR <75%
30 seconds @ RPE 9 -- 90-95% of AC (130-180% of FTP)
5 minutes @ RPE 2 -- 45% of FTP -- HR <75%

Main Effort
Number of Sets
2
Rest Between Sets
15 minutes @ RPE 3 -- 55% of FTP -- HR <80%
Interval Repeats per Set
3
Interval Effort: 2 minutes @ RPE 9 -- 90-110% of MAP (115-135% of FTP)
Recovery: 2 minutes @ RPE 2 -- <45% of FTP

Extra Volume
N/A

Cool Down
16 minutes @ RPE 2 -- 45% of FTP -- HR <70%

Coach's Note:
Indoor ride option: Complete the first 3 intervals of each set on "NoVid: MAP: 2 sets 5 x 2"

Planned: 1:20:00

Bike - Endurance+

Warm-Up
5 minutes @ RPE 2 -- 45% of FTP -- HR <70%

Main Effort
Number of Sets
1
Rest Between Sets
N/A
Interval Repeats per Set
1 Interval Steady: 2 hours 25 minutes @ RPE 3.5 -- 55-65% of FTP -- HR <85%

Extra Volume
N/A

Cool Down
2 minutes @ RPE 2 -- 45% of FTP -- HR <70%

Coach Notes:
Steady Endurance/Base ride. Power should remain between 55-70% of FTP the entire time. Aim to keep between 75-85% of LTHR This is a ride that can be out doors OR indoors If done inside, you can play OPEN 60/OPEN 30 and adjust the intensity to 64-81% Another option is to select any Video of a similar length, ignore the power targets (meaning running slope mode for those with smart trainers) holding power between 55-70% of FTP and only following the Cadence and Stand/Sit prompts in the video

Planned: 2:30:00


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