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Intermediate TT Prep Plan / 4DP Weakness: Repeated Efforts / Outdoor Rides on Wkends

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 'Repeated 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 8 hours/week they can dedicate to training (but often less) over the course of the next ~3 months
* Are training for a time trial 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. Outdoor workouts are built using the TrainingPeaks workout builder, meaning they can be exported to compatible cycling computers or fitness devices.

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 - Who Dares

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

Imagine you're out on a group ride where the tempo is high and you're working hard. Suddenly, someone surges. You do a quick sprint to go after them and quickly get their wheel. The stress of the effort, though, catches up with you and even though the pace settles down to where it was before, you struggle to hold the wheels. Who Dares is a workout that teaches your body to recover from those efforts more effectively so you can keep riding hard. The workout is based on three nine-and-a-half-minute sub-FTP intervals that feature three sprints - one at the start, one at the middle and one at the end. These sprints flood your body with metabolites (lactate, etc.) and then the sustained sub-FTP efforts force your body to clear them out while still working hard. To make the session even more effective, Who Dares also asks your body to do this work at different cadences, stimulating the nervous system and forcing your body to become even more effecient.

Planned: 54:00

Bike - Igniter **Before Long Scream**

A highly-tuned machine - like you - needs its engine warmed up in order to produce the most power as efficiently as possible. Igniter is based on the highly successful warm-up session developed by British Cycling and used by Team Sky as part of their 'marginal gains' programme. You'll go through 20 minutes of progressive efforts before hitting a couple high-intensity/high-cadence sprints. You'll emerge ready to CRUSH EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU. Perfect for using before major events, in conjunction with our Extra Shot videos or to extend your regular Sufferfest workout.

Planned: 22:00

Bike - The Long Scream

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

No fuss. No muss. No comfort anywhere to be seen. This workout is straight to the point and that point is sustained Suffering. With a single solid block right at or just above threshold this is the perfect session to work on your pacing for longer sustained efforts. The "line" between threshold and over threshold is a fine one. The power targets in this session might feel easy at the start, but by the end that same effort will leave you long-screaming for mercy. Combine this session with Igniter and you have a perfect test run for the local TT. Pay attention to how an evenly paced effort feels and you will set yourself up to pace your next TT perfectly, even without the help of a power meter. Completing this session at reduced intensity (say 80%) after another hard session will push your tired legs and lungs just hard enough to help improve your FTP without putting you too far into a hole.

Planned: 36:00

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: Cadence Builds and Holds

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

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.

WORKOUT GOALS:
* 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

Planned: 45:00

Bike - FTP/MAP Builds: 1 set 5 x 6

Warm-Up
20 minutes @ RPE 3 -- 55% of FTP -- HR <70%
1 minute @ RPE 3.5 -- 65% of FTP -- HR <80%
1 minute @ RPE 5 -- 75% of FTP -- HR <85%
1 minute @ RPE 6 -- 85% of FTP -- HR <90%
30 seconds @ RPE 7 -- 95% of FTP -- HR <95%
30 seconds @ RPE 8 -- 90% of MAP (105-135% of FTP)
5 minutes @ RPE 2 -- 45% of FTP -- HR <70%

Main Effort
Number of Sets
1
Rest Between Sets
N/A
Interval Repeats per Set
5 Interval FTP Effort: 4 minutes @ RPE 7.5 -- 100% of FTP -- HR <100%
VO2 Effort: 2 minutes @ RPE 9 -- 90-95% of MAP (105-130% of FTP)
Recovery: 5 minutes @ RPE 2 -- 45% of FTP -- HR <70%

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

Cool Down
6 minutes @ RPE 1 -- <45% of FTP -- HR <70%

Coach's Note:
Indoor option: Play "NoVid: FTP/MAP Builds 2 sets 3 x 6." After completing the first set of 3, pause the session, rewind to the start of the recovery after the first interval and restart to complete 5 intervals.

Planned: 2:15:00

Bike - Sprints: 10 x 10s

Warm-Up
10 minutes @ RPE 3 -- 55% of FTP -- HR <75%

Main Effort
Number of Sets
1
Rest Between Sets
N/A
Interval Repeats per Set
10 Interval Sprint: 10 seconds @ RPE 10 -- MAX SPRINT
Recovery: 9 minutes 50 seconds @ RPE 3 -- 55% of FTP -- HR <80%

Extra Volume
N/A

Cool Down
5 minutes @ RPE 2 -- 45% of FTP -- HR <70%

Coach's Note:
Indoor option: "NoVid: Sprints 10 x 10s"

Planned: 2:15:00


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