Customisable SPORTIVE/GRAN FONDO Preparation Program (Power-Based): 12 Weeks; 8-12 Hrs/Week
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This plan has been assembled specifically for the intermediate or experienced cyclist seeking to prepare for their next Sportive/Gran Fondo in a progressive and structured fashion.
This preparatory sportive plan accommodates for those with limited time throughout the week, yet includes enough long-ride volume to take advantage of the endurance benefits such workouts bring and the specificity that these workouts have for long sportive events.
The plan includes a comprehensive 20-page user-guide which contains detailed instructions and tips to help you get the most out of the plan and to allow you to make any adjustments necessary (e.g. to suit your time availability, work around additional races, or to adapt to any periods of illness or injury). With this guide, it's easy to extend or reduce the weekly training hours beyond those stated above, as needed.
The plan houses a large variety of workouts that will constantly challenge the body and signal it to adapt in the most optimal way. All important zones, abilities and physiological systems where sportive riders need to be strong are targeted and the plan aims to deliver the rider right on the day of their sportive with a high level of balanced fitness.
Every workout takes advantage of the TrainingPeaks' Workout Builder for clearly structured workouts.
What's more, with the main limiter for most sportive riders being the onset of fatigue in the latter stages of their event, this training plan puts strong focus on building fatigue resistance through specially-designed workouts.
Before embarking on this plan and to take full advantage of the workouts therein, ensure you have a solid base of riding fitness and can ride for ~3hours at a steady pace relatively comfortably. The programme works best for those riders who train using a power meter. However, a conversion table for heart rate and RPE can be provided upon request.
Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|11:11 hrs||5:30 hrs|
Day Off x1
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||11:11 hrs||5:30 hrs|