The Sufferfest & Apex Coaching

Intermediate Cycling / VO2 Weakness / Designed for Strength Training

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 VO2 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.
* Want to incorporate The Sufferfest Strength Training Programme into their plan.
* 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 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 - Week 2

Bike - Standing Starts **Before Strength**

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

Standing starts closely simulate a lifting session on the bike because it requires the engagement of your core, upper and lower body. Standing starts will train your ability to generate force through the pedals by forcing you to recruit all of your musculature. No matter your prefered discipline, these efforts are key to teaching your body to recruit all of the muscle fibers in your legs. The saying "Use it or Lose it" actually does apply here. All of the benefit in this session comes from hitting these 20 seconds effort as hard as you possibly can. To do that, you need full recovery between each sprint, and you need to respect that recovery! These efforts should see you start at super low RPMs with very high torque, as the effort continues your cadence will naturally increase. Your goal is to get your cadence as high as possible by the end of each 20 second effort. To maximize your muscle recruitment you want to both push down and pull up on the pedals at the start. Proper core engagement is a must, your legs need a good strong backboard to push against. We understand that not everyone's trainer has the necessary resistance, or the required stability, to perform this workout as described. For stability issues you can get much of the same benefit by doing these efforts seated. If your trainer can't handle the rapid change in speed, or does not have high enough resistance at super a super low cadence then you can start the efforts are a higher cadence and simply treat them as "normal" all out sprints.

Coach Notes:
This is a session that can be done indoors or outdoors. If done outdoors, come to a slow roll in your largest Chain Ring and your 3rd or 4th smallest cog on your rear cassette. Complete the same set of 4 x 20sec maximal start efforts, with 6-8 minutes of easy spinning between.

Planned: 45:00

Bike - Power Station

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

On the surface this seems like a rather tame session: a series of intervals that are all under five minutes long and which are almost all under threshold. But there is more here than the power file shows. The lack of "intensity" in these short sessions is made up for by the very low cadence targets each effort requires. This creates minimal cardiovascular stress but places a tremendous load on your muscular system. The goal is to keep your upper body absolutely rock solid during these efforts. If you find that you bob back and forth for each pedal stroke then your core is not up to the task your legs are giving it (better get onto our yoga videos and strengthen that core). This session can be a great test to see how your lower back will hold up over a longer ride outside. A core that will fail you after 3 hours of road riding can often be identified fairly quickly during this session. If your back is burning just as badly as your legs it's a signal to do some additional core strengthening. With so much stress on your muscles this is a great session for improving your overall endurance and your ability to produce lots of high torque, giving your NM a nice boost along the way.

Planned: 50:00

Bike - Butter

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

Smooth like butter. Grace under pressure. It's what we're focusing on in this session as you accumulate plenty of time at a high aerobic workload. A good warm-up leads you into two sets of five 90-second intervals with 3-minutes of "recovery" between each. Instead of full gas intervals followed by super low intensity recovery, these efforts are hard, but the real sting (and training benefit) comes from the incomplete recovery you face between intervals. These "recovery" efforts are at the upper end of Z2, meaning you still need quite a bit of oxygen to keep that power churning. By keeping the intervals themselves under your Maximal Aerobic Power (MAP) AND not allowing complete recovery, your body will burn through your Anaerobic Capacity (AC) before the end of each set, forcing your body to produce that power aerobically. Your body goes through that same transition near the 3-minute mark of the 5-minute test during Full Frontal, but with this session not only is it less painful, you end up with more total time in that aerobically dependent state. Endurance sports are all about churning through as much oxygen as possible, and few other workouts see you churning this hard and for this long.

Planned: 59:00

Bike - Recovery Spin **After Strength**

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 - There is No Try

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

The ability to hit a given power target right on the nose is one of the hallmarks of a great rider, and that is exactly what you are being forced to do with this session. Each interval has 4 distinct stair steps, increasing slightly with each step. This requires you to finesse your output multiple times for each effort, to really feel the difference 10 watts makes. The stair step approach also forces your body into a constant state of "catching up." Just as your aerobic system settles into the oxygen demands of each effort, you are forced to go harder, which makes you dip back into anaerobic energy systems while your aerobic system catches up. This process constantly forces your anaerobic and aerobic systems to make adjustments. If you're trying to get over a plateau or feel like you're not getting faster this can be exactly what you need. Unlike other sessions, three of the four sprint efforts come in the first half. This means your legs will be fresh enough so you can go full gas and hit your NM system hard. Not bad for a session that is predominantly focused on building your AC and MAP.

Planned: 55:00

Bike - ISLTA @90%

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

This is your go-to session when you need to increase your endurance and add in some threshold work but only have two hours. By adding in multiple surges and short chunks of time above threshold, ISLAGIATT overloads your system with metabolic byproducts ('the nasties') which your body has to learn to clear out more efficiently. Combining such long interval durations with these hard surges not only forces your body to cope with the effort, but it pushes you harder mentally because after each surge the effort right at threshold "feels" harder than it should. With the final intervals focusing more on short, repeated efforts you'll stress your body's ability to recover when deeply fatigued, making this more than just an "endurance builder" workout, but one that will help you keep churning out power deep into the final kilometers of challenging rides or events.

Planned: 2:30:00


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