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Intermediate Metric Century Prep Plan / 4DP Weakness: Sustained Efforts / Outdoor Rides on Weekends, by The Sufferfest

Plan Length: 10 Weeks

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

* Have taken the Full Frontal fitness test in The Sufferfest app.
* Have a Primary Weakness of 'Sustained Efforts' 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 (but often less) over the course of the next ~3 months
* Are training for a century or gran fondo and have at least 10 weeks until the event.

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

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 the plan).


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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 Trick

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

The Trick is designed to hit a riders Anaerobic Capacity, and ability to sustain power after repeated all out efforts.. Through repeated maximal 60 second efforts you will be fully depleting, and then fully refilling your anaerobic fuel tank. To burn through your entire fuel tank, it needs to be full, which is why this session has long recovery periods between the maximal 60 second efforts. So while the recovery time might seem a bit much, we are just making sure your body is primed and ready for another truly maximal effort. During these max efforts you will alternate between standing and sitting multiple times, which accomplished two things. One, it ensures you are utilizing all muscle groups in your legs. Two, it helps teach you how to maintain power output when transitioning into and out of the saddle, a vital skill when going on the attack! Once we fully fry your AC, your reward is a nice steady tempo effort. While you will have some fight left in your legs, the goal is not to go into red during tempo effort, atleast not until the final sprint!

Planned: 59:00

Bike - Thin Air **Reduced Intensity 90%**

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

Here it is: the longest big effort in any session in The Sufferfest library. The plain and simple fact is that sometimes to stress your FTP you need to spend more than 20 or 30 minutes riding near your FTP. This session was designed with that in mind. While most of the climb is actually below threshold, there are enough surges above it that your body will constantly be at the limit of clearing out those nasty, painful metabolites at the rate you churn them out. Painsuckers, rejoice! Keep in mind that most of your anaerobic energy systems will be very depleted by the time you hit the 30 minute mark. That means they won't be much help in contributing to power production. That's one of the reasons why the same power target five minutes into this climb feels much harder when it comes again at minute 30. Once those anaerobic systems are used up, all you have left is your aerobic system, which requires oxygen to create power. These longer sustained efforts are crucial if you want to really push your threshold to its limits.

Planned: 1:01:00

Bike - NoVid: 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

Planned: 30:00

Bike - Defender

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): ✭✭✭✭✭

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 - NoVid: 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

Planned: 15:00

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 outdoors OR indoors

If done inside, you can play an OPEN video or NoVid Endurance +

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

Bike - Tempo with Surges: 1 x 45

Warm-Up
15 minutes @ RPE 3 -- 55% of FTP -- HR <75%
1 minute @ RPE 7 -- 90% of FTP -- HR <90%
1 minute @ RPE 7.5 -- 100% of FTP -- HR <95%
1 minute @ RPE 8 -- 110% of FTP -- HR <100%
7 minutes @ RPE 3 -- 55% of FTP -- HR <75%

Main Effort
Number of Sets
1
Rest Between Sets
N/A
Interval Repeats per Set
9
Interval Surge: 20 seconds @ RPE 8 -- 110% of FTP Steady: 4min 40sec @ RPE 6 -- 85% of FTP -- HR <100%

Extra Volume
15 minutes @ RPE 3 -- 60% of FTP -- HR <85

Cool Down
5 minutes @ RPE 1.5 -- <45% of FTP -- HR <70%

Coach's Note:
Indoor option: Complete the first 9 intervals of "NoVid:Tempo with Surges: 1 x 60"

Planned: 1:30:00


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