Sportive / Gran Fondo Training Plan (Minimalist, 26 Weeks) Reusable - Power Based

Average Weekly Training Hours 04:16
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 04:16
Training Load By Week

MINIMALIST

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe" - Abraham Lincoln

A minimalist Training Plan for age-group athletes with full time jobs and other commitments that allow very little time for training; this plan has a specific focus on improving your endurance and Sportive / Gran Fondo abilities for the minimum time investment. It includes a 2 week taper prior to your main event. It allows for a Sunday club run, sportive, or group ride, once a week to aid confidence and skills related to group riding.

Designed by Level 2 TrainingPeaks coach, British Cycling certified coach, and ex-elite racer Rob Lee, this plan draws on his substantial racing accomplishments (over 130 race victories, and numerous cycling distance records) and over 20 years of successfully coaching hundreds of athletes to their goals. Questions? Please visit my website at www.rlperformance.co.uk or email me directly at: ride7ds@gmail.com

Questions? Please visit my website at www.rlperformance.co.uk or email me directly at: ride7ds@gmail.com 

Please note: You can reuse this training plan in the future by changing the start or end date. This is a power-based training plan.

Sample Day 1
1:15:00
FTP Test

VERY IMPORTANT - perform the FTP test on your sportive/Gran Fondo bike. Make your numbers "real world". Cycling is measured in time, not power. Power just allows us to train with accuracy. Make sure yours is accurate by do your FTP test on your competition/event bike.
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Start with 20 minutes warm up
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5 minutes flat out - give it everything
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10 minutes recovery
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30 minutes effort - as hard as you can go
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10 minutes recovery

Sample Day 2
0:30:00
24.6TSS
Opener

15 minutes warm up
3 minutes zone 5
12 minutes warm down

Sample Day 4
0:50:00
48.2TSS
30 Tempo

15 minutes gradual warm up
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30 minutes zone 3
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5 minutes warm down

Sample Day 6
3:00:00
150TSS
Club Run/Group Ride - sit in

Enjoy some social riding but try to coast through the day on the minimal effort possible by hiding in the wheels.

Sample Day 9
0:35:00
34.1TSS
15 Sweet Spot

15 minutes progressive warm up
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15 minutes sweet-spot
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5 minutes warm down

Sample Day 11
0:50:00
48.2TSS
30 Tempo

15 minutes gradual warm up
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30 minutes zone 3
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5 minutes warm down

Sample Day 13
3:00:00
150TSS
Club Run/Group Ride - sit in

Enjoy some social riding but try to coast through the day on the minimal effort possible by hiding in the wheels.

Rob Lee - Professional Cycle Coach
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RL Performance

Level 2 Training Peaks Coach
Level 2 British Cycling Coach
Level 2 Skills Instructor
Aero Fit consultant for Drag2zero
Retül Bike Fitter
Specialized Body Geometry Fitter

I have been a coach for over 20 years. Coaching clients include everyone from first time charity event finisher to world level endurance athlete; they come from all over the world and across all disciplines. All my clients receive the same support and attention to detail that makes a coach-athlete relationship successful.