The Sufferfest & Apex Coaching

2019 ToS Prep / Intermediate / Sustained Efforts Weakness

Plan Length: 14 Weeks

This plan is designed to prepare you for the 2019 Tour of Sufferlandria (Feb 2-10).
It includes the Tour stages, as well as a post-Tour Full Frontal fitness test on February 24.

Choose this plan if you:

* Have taken the 4DP Full Frontal Fitness test and the results identified your Primary Weakness as Sustained Efforts.
* Have previous experience with structured training plan or have been riding consistently for more than 2 years
* Have trained fewer than 11 hours/week in the previous ~3 months.
*Have up to 8 hours a week to train (including yoga and mental toughness)

This plan includes Yoga for Cyclists and Mental Toughness sessions to provide you with comprehensive training on and off the bike.

You can (and should) add The Sufferfest Strength Training for Cyclists programme to this plan. Choose either the Beginner or Intermediate progressions designed to integrate with the ToS Prep plans. Be sure to select the Strength Training plan that corresponds with the level of your cycling plan (Novice/Intermediate or Advanced).

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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.

Other - MTP - 1st Month Review & Improve

REVIEW & IMPROVE: A look back at the past month to see what was done well and what could be better. Set a new goal for the month ahead and learn how to keep an eye on your 'fundamentals' (e.g., sleep, hydration, etc.).

Planned: 30:00

Bike - Cadence Builds **After Strength**

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

One of the best sessions there is for neuromuscular training and a regular session in The Sufferfest Training Plans, this drill asks you to progressively build from a cadence of 90 RPM to your MAX over 30 seconds, recover and repeat several times. Cadence builds improve the way you recruit your leg, glute and core muscles throughout your pedal stroke by progressing to your maximal cadence. By reaching your highest cadence possible, you are training the 'on/off' switch in each muscle group to not only work faster, but have less overlap with your other muscle groups. You're training your hamstring muscles to 'turn off' when your quads 'turn on' and vice-versa to achieve a more efficient pedal stroke.

NOTE: As a drill session, this video does not have music or a storyline like 'normal' Sufferfest videos. Just fire up a playlist on your favourite music app and you're away!

Planned: 1:00:00

Cross Training - Yoga: Recovery Booster

Level: ✭✩✩

Sufferfest sessions tear your body down. It's in the periods between Sufferfest sessions, when you're recovering, that you become more powerful. This session helps boost your recovery time, relaxing you and ensuring you give your body the chance to grow stronger.

Planned: 15:00

Bike - Defender

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

You've got the leader's jersey, but then disaster strikes: A crash, an injury and you're forced to defend your position until the end of the race. Can you hang on under a barrage of attacks? Based around four, ten-minute efforts around threshold, Defender is designed to give you the most bang for your buck, or in this case, the most Watts at FTP for your Suffering. There are both psychological as well as physiological benefits to this tremendous workout. Mentally, Defender will improve your sense of pacing for longer efforts near FTP. That is because each effort starts out above FTP, and since you're fresh you'll feel as though you can hold that pace all day. Every two minutes, the pace gradually declines so you are finishing just below FTP. As the time ticks away, the power targets will drop little by little, but your discomfort will remain about the same. By the fourth effort, you'll be find the same efforts far more difficult than in the first. Bystaying tuned-in to what your body is telling you, you'll learn more about how to manage your efforts around threshold and why it's so important to manage your efforts well at this intensity. The physiological benefits follow the same lines as those found in Who Dares, or Fight Club. Overloading your legs and lungs with efforts above FTP before settling into efforts right at or right below FTP forces your body to clear out as many metabolites as possible and process as much oxygen as it can. What sets Defender apart is how that overload is delivered. While Who Dares achieves this with short sprints, Defender forces you to spend minutes above FTP before simmering back down. This allows your heart rate and breathing rate to get much closer to what they are during a long steady state threshold effort. This ensures that "overload" comes in as a steady drip, rather than the sudden burst like that in Who Dares. The lower intensity of this overload also changes the types of metabolites produced and the ratios they occur in. Not only does this keep the enzymes in your body focused on aerobic metabolism, your body will also respond with fewer stress hormones. This means you're training your aerobic system by overloading it, but doing so in a way that leaves you more ready to hit tomorrow's training just as hard.

Planned: 59:00

Bike - The Rookie **Reduced Intensity 90%**

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

These race simulations steadily get harder and harder as the workout progresses, so don't be too keen to increase the intensity after the first 10-minute effort if it felt "too easy." Just wait. The pain will come. During each interval you'll be ducking and diving right under and over threshold, forcing your body to churn through all the metabolites you're producing (that's the nasty stuff that the Painsuckers love so much). This is one of the best ways to improve your FTP without really overloading your system with too much training stress. The final two intervals allow you to really charge over your threshold to unleash whatever power you have left in your legs. These two all out bursts of power, in addition to the constant surges above threshold, means this session works your AC more than some of the other FTP-focused sessions.

Planned: 54:00

Bike - Post Strength Spin

Think of this as your cool down from your strength session. Keep your Power well below 50% of FTP, just let the easy pedaling flush out your legs so they can start repairing themselves faster and be ready for tomorrow!

Planned: 15:00

Cross Training - Yoga: Stretching After Suffering

Level: ✭✭✩

You've just finished a brutal Sufferfest session. You probably just want to curl up in a ball, but to speed your recovery this sequence will stretch you out and open you up. You'll be ready to Suffer again in no time.

Planned: 15:00

Bike - Violator **Do NOT Use ERG Mode** **Read Description**

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.

Coach Notes:
You should remain seated for all of these sprint efforts (and in the drops if that is where you spend most of your time during racing) This means you need to ignore the power targets, your only goal is to give a maximal seated effort each and every sprint. This means you will likely be under target power in the first set, and maybe over power targets in the final set, that does not matter. You are just looking to go all out 64 times!

Planned: 1:08:00

Cross Training - Breathing To CRUSH THEM

Level: ✭✩✩

Perhaps the only people more Badass than Sufferlandrians are Navy Seals. And this is the breathing exercise that Navy Seals do to calm down and focus themselves before major operations. Learn and use this technique before heading into your own major events and races.

Planned: 3:00

Bike - ISLTA **Reduced Intensity 85%**

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

Who needs the alps when you have this abomination of climbing? If you're looking to churn out enough tempo work to make the domestiques at team sky look twice this is the one for you. Believe it or not, packing so much tempo into 2.5 hours gives this session the same endurance building power as a 5 hour "Zone 2" ride. That being said, tempo efforts burn through more carbohydrates than endurance pace, so don't forget to eat during this epic ascent.

Planned: 2:30:00


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