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Intermediate Mountainous GF Prep Plan / 4DP Weakness: MAP / Outdoor Rides on Weekends

Plan Length: 10 Weeks

This training plan was designed by APEX Coaching for cyclists who:

* Have taken the 4DP Full Frontal fitness test in The Sufferfest app.
* Have a Primary Weakness of 'Maximal Aerobic Power' 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 (but often less) over the course of the next ~3 months
* Are training for a mountainous century or gran fondo 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.

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 - A Very Dark Place

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

You know that ride where you thought you went harder, deeper and to a darker place than you'd ever gone before? HAHAHAHA. This takes you further, deeper and darker than that. A Very Dark Place is about maximum effort for shorter durations: five, four-minute intervals that take you to the limit. If you struggle with longer, high-intensity efforts and want to improve your ability to make repeated attacks, you need to spend some time in A Very Dark Place. Those little punches in the third and fifth efforts will teach you just how dark you can go.

Planned: 50:00

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 - 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 - 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: Recovery Spin

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: 15:00

Bike - Endurance+

Warm-Up
5 minutes @ RPE 2 -- 45% of FTP -- HR <70%

Main Effort
Number of Sets
1
Rest Between Sets
N/A
Interval Repeats per Set
1 Interval Steady: 2 hours 55 minutes @ RPE 3.5 -- 55-65% of FTP -- HR <85%

Extra Volume
N/A

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

Coach Notes:
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 outdoors OR indoors

If done inside, you can play an OPEN video or NoVid Endurance +

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: 3:00:00

Bike - Tempo with Surges: 1 x 45

Warm-Up
40 minutes @ RPE 3 -- 55% of FTP -- HR <75%
1 minute @ RPE 7 -- 90% of FTP -- HR <90%
1 minute @ RPE 7.5 -- 100% of FTP -- HR <95%
1 minute @ RPE 8 -- 110% of FTP -- HR <100%
7 minutes @ RPE 3 -- 55% of FTP -- HR <75%

Main Effort
Number of Sets
1
Rest Between Sets
N/A
Interval Repeats per Set
9
Interval Surge: 20 seconds @ RPE 8 -- 110% of FTP Steady: 4min 40sec @ RPE 6 -- 85% of FTP -- HR <100%

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

Cool Down
5 minutes @ RPE 1.5 -- <45% of FTP -- HR <70%

Coach's Note:
Indoor riding option:
Play "NoVid: Tempo with Surges 1 x 60" but only do the first 9 intervals"

Planned: 2:15:00


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