Intermediate Cycling / 4DP Weakness: Neuromuscular, by The Sufferfest
Plan Length: 10 Weeks
This training plan was designed by APEX Coaching for athletes and enthusiasts who...
* Have taken the 4DP Full Frontal fitness test and have uncovered a neuromuscular power weakness in their 4DP profile
* 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 10 hours/week they can dedicate to training over the course of the next ~3 months
* Have a nascent yet burning desire to CRUSH their goals by putting in a maximum amount of effort in a minimum amount of time
This plan is designed to suit the time-crunched athlete, with weekday workouts under 60 minutes and longer weekend rides. 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 dreaded Full Frontal. After finishing this plan, you can begin a more advanced plan straight away.
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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 - Rest Week
Bike - Recovery Spin
Very easy ride Resist the temptation to go harder or faster. Power should remain under 50% of FTP the entire time, and Heart Rate should never go above Z1
Bike - NoVid: Cadence Drills
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
This workout combines several technique driven intervals. These will improve your overall form and efficiency on the bike. The first two drills, Cadence Holds and Builds, are designed to improve the way you recruit your leg, glute and core muscles throughout your pedal stroke. They do this by forcing you to sustain a cadence just above 'comfortable' and by pushing you to your maximal cadence.
The last drill, Single Leg Efforts, ask you to unclip one leg and ride at a steady, single-legged effort. This forces you to pull up on the pedal instead of just pushing down and ensures maximal muscle awareness and engagement. This workout is best done while riding indoors on a trainer because even small variations in terrain can affect your ability to properly execute this workout. The majority of this workout is done in heart rate Z1/2 /// 50-75% of threshold /// RPE 2-5. You should keep the effort level below threshold (heart rate Z4, 100% of threshold, RPE 7-8) during the max cadence efforts.
* To improve stillness and stability at high cadences.
* To improve muscle fiber engagement for improved efficiency at all cadences.
* To increase maximum cadence.
* To make that pedal stroke as smooth as butter.
Bike - The Hunted @80%
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
This session doesn't have the longest sustained intervals, it doesn't have the shortest recovery times, it doesn't have the hardest surges, but what it does have is an unrelenting pace. There is very little "recovery" at all in this session, so you never get a chance to really catch your breath or give your legs a break. The Hunted lacks any true recovery like you get in some other FTP-focused workouts, meaning your anaerobic energy systems never really get replenished. This means they can't help much with power production. This, in turn, makes the repeated efforts above threshold near the end of this session much harder than they might feel in another workout where you get to recover fully. The unrelenting nature of this session makes it great for really working on building your sustained aerobic power, just what you need to increase your FTP.
Bike - Elements of Style @85%
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
Can you ride? Can you Suffer with Style? Make profound Suffering look effortless? Although it has very little Suffering in it, Elements of Style may just be our most important video ever. Developed together with the expert team at CyclingTips and shot on location in Wanaka, New Zealand, this video provides the very foundation upon which all your Suffering must rest. Over the course of six specific drills, you'll learn and practice: An exclusive 9-point 'Systems Check' you can use on any ride to get into your Optimal position. A 4-step process for standing up on a climb and generating more power. How to engage your core, including your glutes, for more stability and power. The components of a smooth pedal stroke and how to bring them together at both low and high cadences. How to stay relaxed, and efficient under pressure. Narrated by one of the best cycling commentators in the world, Eurosport's Carlton Kirby, you'll get clear instructions about exactly what to do, when and why. We guarantee it will change the way you think about your riding style after doing it just once. Do it five times and you'll automatically adjust your position while out on rides. Do it 10 times and Sufferlandrian Angels will burst into tears at the sheer epic beauty of you kicking the crap out of your competition while making it look oh so effortless.
Bike - Endurance+
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