Novice Cycling / 4DP Weakness: MAP / Designed for Strength Training
Plan Length: 12 Weeks
This training plan was designed by APEX Coaching for athletes and enthusiasts who:
* Have taken the 4DP Full Frontal test and have uncovered a Maximal Aerobic Power weakness in their 4DP profile.
* Are new to cycling or choosing their first structured training plan.
* Have trained fewer than an average of 7 hours/week in the previous ~3 months.
* Only have 3-6 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 includes a mix of indoor and outdoor workouts (which can be done indoors if the weather isn't playing along). The plan builds fitness progressively through blocks of high intensity followed by periods of recovery and reduced intensity.
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 - Revolver
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
The simple idea of going hard for one minute and then easy for one minute, and then repeating, has been around since whatever evil genius realised that intervals were the best way to train. There is a reason this simple session has stuck around: it works!
Bike - NoVid: Cadence Builds and Holds **After Strength**
This workout is another excellent addition to our "Drills" series. Over the next 45 minutes, you will complete four 30-second cadence builds, and six 60-second high cadence holds. This workout places a considerable demand on your Neuromuscular System, as your muscles are forced to contract and relax as quickly as possible. At the same time, the shorter recovery period between these drills will keep your heart rate, and breathing rate elevated, giving you a great cardiovascular workload.
Let's breakdown the two drills you will be doing.
Cadence Builds: The name of the game here is absolute peak cadence, not peak power. To achieve this, you need to be in a small gear and have very light resistance. Starting at 90-RPM, steadily increase your cadence until you reach your absolute max without about 5-seconds left, and hold that to the end. Your limiting factor on these efforts needs to be leg speed. If resistance/power output is your limiting factor, try starting in an easier gear, or shift into an easier gear 15-seconds in. Bouncing in the saddle is okay for this drill.
Cadence Holds: These efforts require you to maintain the highest cadence you can without starting to bounce in the saddle. For some of you that will be 100-RPM, for others, it will be 150-RPM. The key is to settle into YOUR peak sustainable cadence. Like the Builds, the goal here is not high power, so these efforts are limited to 90% of FTP. Do not be surprised if your heart rate is well into Zone 4 by the time you hit the last few holds.
To properly execute this session, your effort between drills needs to be low. With limited recovery time between these maximal Neuromuscular Efforts, riding above Zone 1 between efforts will only reduce your ability to max out your cadence. While the power targets between are Zone 1, do not be surprised if your heart rate does not drop below Zone 2 after the first couple builds.
* Improved muscle recruitment and firing patterns
* Improved muscle coordination at higher cadences
* Deliver a high Neuromuscular and Cardiovascular load while minimizing the power demands placed on your muscles
* Help you develop a silky smooth pedal stroke
Bike - NoVid: Recovery Spin
Don’t be afraid of the Two Rs: rest and recovery.
Believe it or not, you get faster when your
body is taking it easy after all that suffering.
A recovery spin is a very low intensity ride, so easy that you’d feel embarrassed to ride so slow if you didn’t know you were helping your body
get much faster.
A good recovery spin is done at a cadence above 90 RPM. While keeping power below 50% of FTP, or and RPE less than 2.5, and keeping your heart rate in Zone 1 the entire time.
Recovery spins can be done outdoors, but due to the low power demands, they are often easier done on the trainer
Resist the voice of
your inner Sufferlandrian telling you to go faster.
Bike - Standing Starts **Before Strength**
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
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.
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.
Bike - The Omnium
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
You know what we love about you? Your versatility. You can Suffer anywhere, anytime and in any way. That's why Grunter von Agony, Sufferlandrian Team Director, is sending you to compete in The Omnium at the UCI World Track Championships. Over the course of 50 minutes, you'll do battle in the six different races. No two intervals in this workout are the same, with each one working slightly different variations of NM, AC and MAP. No need for FTP here, my friends! It's the perfect session to improve top-end power without having to do a lot of repetitive efforts. The scratch race and flying lap have an "easy" enough lead in that you get to put your max sprint to the full test. Add in the standing starts for the Individual Pursuit and Kilo and you give your NM a real run through. The repeated surges of the elimination race, the all out nature of the kilo, and the massive efforts you have to make in the points race really test your powers of recovery while working your AC all the way to the max. Since the efforts come in quick succession, and with most being over four minutes in length, your cardiovascular system never catches a real break, ensuring your MAP doesn't get left out of the equation.
Bike - Hell Hath No Fury **Reduced Intensity 85%**
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
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.