Got gravel on the brain? We’ll help you train! Our Gravel Grinder Training Plan will help you prepare to go long & strong over every climb and gravel section the race can throw at you. Choose between a basic, intermediate or advanced training plan based on the amount of time you have to train per week, your age and you ability level.
This periodized plan will have you progressing your riding time and intensity as you near race day. You’ll start with a Field Test will set your training zones with the included FasCat Wattage and Heart Rate Zones Sheet. Then you’ll ride race simulations on the weekends leading into the race so you can make sure your legs & bike are ready! There’s even tips on nutrition & hydration that you can practice on these simulation rides!
Additionally, this training plan includes all the “marginal gains” details to get even faster: Recovery Techniques, Rest Days, Yoga, Foundations, and best of all, Strength and Conditioning – all you need is a physical therapy style rubber band and MOTIVATION! There are instructional videos in the plan for you to follow along at home. You’ll perform structured Sweet Spot and Tempo intervals mid-week and have the option to join group rides on the weekends (where we coach you how to sweet spot on the group ride). There’s also recommendations for riding longer/shorter for flexibility so you can stay on track when life throws a curve ball.
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20 Min Threshold Effort up a climb or on an uninterrupted stretch of flat road to determine training zones
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Find an uninterrupted stretch of road, free from stop signs/lights or longer descents. This needs to be a repeatable effort as you may test throughout the season.
Your goal is to put out the most power you can over 20 minutes, but also to be smooth & consistent as you perform the effort. Don't blow up in the first few minutes! Ask me for wattage pacing guidelines.
2 x 15 minutes ON; 10 minutes recovery
Building a Hemi-Powered Aerobic Engine!
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2 x 20 minutes on w/ a 'Burst' every 4 minutes during ; 10 minutes OFF
Perform the effort at TEMPO/Zone 3, then 'burst' out of the saddle for 5 secs 200% of your FTP then return to tempo. You should feel like you are working but not "suffering"
Bursts are meant to help emulate the stochastic nature of bike rides, where you have to give it some 'gas'/hard efforts to get up a steep section, out of a corner or close a gap to a wheel
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1 set of 3 x 4 minutes ON 4 minutes OFF FULL GAS; 8 min b/w sets
How To Perform VO2Max Intervals Properly:
The Right WAY and WRONG WAY:
One 1 hour climb/effort - pretty close to full gas, you can use this climb and or section of road to dial in your your Functional Threshold Power if you go as hard as you can
2 x 10 minutes ON Threshold; 7.5 minutes recovery
98 - 105% of your race pace. HARD. Zone 4 threshold/wattages-Recommend doing these on a climb if possible.
3 x 5 minutes ON 5 min OFF
First 30 seconds of interval is 200% of FTP, then 'settle' into zone 5. Finish with last 30 seconds, Full Gas > 200% of FTP
5 minutes off
Teaching you to clear the lactic acid from the system and respond to hard efforts at the beginning of a tough section in a ride or race