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Advanced Cycling / Primary 4DP Weakness: Sustained Efforts, by The Sufferfest.

Plan Length: 12 Weeks

This training plan was designed by APEX Coaching for athletes and enthusiasts who...

* Have taken the Full Frontal fitness test and have uncovered a sustained 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 more than an average of 10 hours/week in the previous ~3 months
* Have up to 12 hours/week they can dedicate to training (but often less) over the course of the next ~3 months
* Have a 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 the majority of 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.

Bike - Half is Easy

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

For too long, perhaps, we have shrugged off questions about whether The Sufferfest videos were too hard as Couchlandrians attempted to sway public opinion toward a life devoid of HONOUR, GLORY and VICTORY. But it's gone on too long - and we had to respond. So, over a bottle of Real Pagne, legendary Directeur Sportif Grunter von Agony had a quiet word with a man named Ian Field. Ian, you may know, is an elite coach with Dig Deep Coaching and a four-time British National Cyclocross National Champion. After an evil laugh that lingered, he provided us with a workout he uses to perform at the highest levels of the Cyclocross World Cup. 'Don't worry,' said Ian. 'The Couchlandrians will enjoy half of it.' This is a fantastic session for improving AC. The short, high intensity efforts with equally short recoveries stresses your body's ability to recover quickly. In fact, the recoveries are short enough that you never really get a "full recovery" during a set. This means your MAP is developed in the latter half of both sets as fatigue sets in. It's also worth mentioning that because of the short durations, you do tap into your NM at the start of each effort.

Planned: 38:00

Bike - Elements of Style @90%

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

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.

Coach Notes:
After Half Is Easy

Planned: 38:00

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 - Hell Hath No Fury @90%

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

This takes one of the oldest FTP building workouts, the 2 x 20, and makes it exciting! Forcing your body to churn out power right below, at and just above threshold for 20 minutes at a time dramatically improves your ability to generate sustainable power. It's great for building that FTP (unless you have an unusually low MAP...in which case you're going to struggle!) By itself, the 5 minute effort at the end would not be much to deal with, but after churning out threshold power for 40 minutes, hitting this 5 min effort at 100% will ensure you stress your MAP enough to give this session a slight edge on other "FTP Builder" workouts.

Planned: 1:04:00

Bike - Cadence Builds

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: 38:00

Bike - Open 30 @95%

Sometimes you just need a steady tempo ride to clear the legs and head out to make room for more Suffering. This workout is set for a steady 6/10 RPE (85% FTP) but you can adjust the intensity whenever you like to match your workout goals. The video for this session is from The Col Collective's descent of the Col de Nivolet. There are no instructions or storyline with this video and no music. You can use another media player (Spotify, iTunes, etc.) to choose your tunes or watch another video while you rack up the time and get the stamp in your Passport.

Coach Notes:
Before To Get To The Other Side

Planned: 30:00

Bike - To Get To The Other Side

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

While you might think the only way to improve your FTP is to ride at, or above, your existing FTP, that isn't always the case. You body can only handle so much time above FTP in any given week (or month for that matter). But that doesn't mean you should just sit around doing nothing the rest of the time. Your body is most efficient at clearing out lactate and other metabolic byproducts at 80-95% of FTP. This is one of the few sessions where you can consistently sit at that intensity and let your body churn away at this nice efficient effort level. It's the ideal workout to end a hard, three-day block or to add in during a rest week. It will give your body a little training stimulus while still allowing it to recover from whatever tortures you've recently put it through.

Planned: 1:31:00

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

Planned: 2:15:00


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