The Sufferfest & Apex Coaching

eSports Training Plan: 60+ minute events. 4DP: Sustained Efforts Weakness

Plan Length: 12 Weeks

It doesn't matter if your race is on the road or online, The Sufferfest will get you ready to deliver a winning performance.

This plan is designed for athletes who:
* Have completed the 4DP Full Frontal fitness test in The Sufferfest app.
* Have Full Frontal results indicating a primary weakness in: Sustained Efforts.
* Are preparing for virtual / eSports races lasting 60 minutes or more.
* Have between 4-8 hrs a week to train on the bike.

For truly comprehensive training, add Yoga for Cyclists and The Sufferfest Mental Toughness Programme to your plan.

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Plan Price: FREE


Note: These plans are designed to be used with The Sufferfest Training System. You will need to download and install The Sufferfest for iOS, macOS or Windows to access the workouts associated with these plans. To get started:

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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 - 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 - Option B: Practice Race (60-75 minutes)

Today you have the option to do an e-race rather than the prescribed Sufferfest session. Ideally, you will complete a race that is roughly 60-minutes in duration. To make sure you are all ready to smash, we recommend completing "Igniter" our 20-minute warm-up video. Aim to finish Igniter 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time of the race. Don't be afraid to try a new tactic this time, whether that is attacking hard from the gun to get a gap, or trying to sit in until the sprint finish. Don't be afraid to experiment; that's why we do practice races! After your race we suggest spinning easy for 5-10 minutes to cool down properly.

Planned: 1:25:00

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 - G.O.A.T

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

This session is all about high-torque efforts, very similar to the efforts you would experience out riding up the steep slopes of Mt Sufferlandria. While these efforts are short, and the intensity isn't too high, the low cadence targets combined with minimal recovery will leave some begging for the high cadence sprints of The Omnium. High torque efforts like these have two primary benefits. Improved neuromuscular coordination, and increased muscular endurance. During each pedal revolution your legs have to "switch on" and "switch off" almost all of the muscles in your legs. High cadence efforts in something like Cadence Builds are great for teaching these groups to make that switch quickly. These low cadence efforts are better for teach ALL of the muscles in your legs to "switch on". Done properly you should be pulling with your hamstrings with one leg while the other leg is pushing down with all the force your glutes and quads can muster. If you feel like you are pushing yourself up out of the saddle during harder efforts (like seated sprints) then your hamstrings are not being utilized since they should be pulling you back down into your saddle. The second main benefit is improved muscular endurance. Even though the session is under 45 minutes, you will put a similar amount of muscular fatigue into your legs as a steady 3 hour base ride. You can almost view this session as hitting the leg press for 8 sets of 100 reps. And just like the weight room, proper form is absolutely key! That means: -- You should focus on pushing down AND pulling back up. You want your glutes and quads activated on the way down, and your hamstring and hip flexors activated on the way up. -- To properly engage your hamstrings think about trying to pulling your heel up to your butt when your crank arm is going from 6 o'clock to 10 o'clock. -- Your knees should be tracking straight up and down, no collapsing in or out! -- Your core should be fully engaged to keep your hips rock steady in the saddle. This will be easier if you are both pushing and pulling during each pedal revolution. This session is very simillar to Power Station. Both help improve your muscular endurance and coordination, the biggest difference is the work to rest ratio between the two. While the intervals here are shorter than those in Power Station, the decreased recovery duration means fatigue will build faster, especially for those with a weakness in repeated efforts. Modifying interval length and recovery duration can also be seen between sessions like Revolver and A Very Dark Place. Both serve up a healthy dose of MAP/VO2 work, but the overall "feeling" of those two sessions are different. If you find that your lower back starts to ache during this session, or that you have to start rocking in the saddle to keep the power up, then it's time for you get started on our Yoga programme. Kick it off with "Core Strengtheners I" to make sure your core is just as strong as those legs!

Planned: 42:00

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.

Planned: 30:00

Bike - Team Scream

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

Thanks to a last minute selection, you have been drafted into a 48-kilometer Team Time Trial (TTT). Done correctly, each of the 5 riders will all cross the finish line utterly spent. Pacing is vital. A TTT is essentially one long set of Over / Under intervals. When it's your turn on the front you will be well over your FTP, and while those pulls usually only last around 30 seconds, you'll clock almost 20 pulls over the course of 48k. Physiologically speaking, a TTT is one of the best combined AC/MAP/FTP sessions out there. Regardless of your chosen discipline, Rider Type, or rider weakness, this effort will push you to your limits, and you will be faster for it.

Planned: 1:10:00

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

Plan Price: FREE