Red Kite Couch to Quarter (25 mile) Plan 7 Weeks

Author

Ryan Gamm

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Length

7 Weeks

Typical Week

2 Day Off, 5 Other, 4 Bike, 1 Strength

Longest Workout

0:30 hrs

Plan Specs

cycling gran fondo/century

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Summary

The Red Kite Couch to Quarter (25 mile) Plan is designed to get just about anyone prepared for a 25 mile cycling challenge in 7 weeks. The secret is combining strength, flexibility, and nutrition work along side a gradual build of cycling workouts. Each week of the 7 week program has key cycling workout prioritized by letter (A,B,C…), and complimentary series of strength exercises, stretching and self care activities to promote recovery, and nutrition goals and tips. Each week progressively builds you towards your goal of a 25 mile cycling challenge, along the way there are strategically place race weeks to have you performing your best.

Cycling workouts are scripted by distance and time along with workouts based on both Rate of Perceived exertion (please see the link below for a digital copy of the chart we use) and Heart Rate. In other words, we give you the option of training by Perceived exertion or Heart Rate.

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Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
Average Weekly Training Hours: 01:08
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 01:08
Average Weekly Breakdown

Kristen Arnold MS, RDN, CSSD

Red Kite Coaching

Kristen provides one-on-one personalized coaching for road, mountain, and cyclocross racers along with nutrition services.

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Sample Day 1

0:30:00
Body Weight Strength Routine

Body weight exercises:

Start slow. Begin with several reps and sets of each (think 2 x 6 then gradually build over several weeks to 3-4 x 15 of each). Rather then doing more, try to go slightly slower with excellent form.

-Squats
-Lying hip raise (Challenge: one leg)
-Lying hip abduction
-Lying hip adduction
-Lunges
-Side Lunges
-Single leg squats (start by only bending the standing leg a few inches then gradually go lower each session)
-Burpees
-Pile Squats
-Wall Squats (Progress to holding 10,15,20+ seconds)


Additional Core:
-Planks (front and side)
-Crunches
-Bicycle Crunches
-Swimmer exercise
-Spine Balance/Table Tops
-Pikes

Sample Day 1

0:30:00
Stretching and Self Care

Dynamic and Static Stretches

-Think of this as a recovery routine and self maintenance/care protocol. Consider it a beginning rather than a conclusive or all encompassing list.

-First, warm up gently with a short walk, some dynamic movements, very short spin on the bike, or some gentle foam rolling (start slowly!)

-Lunge Stretch
-Kneeling Psoas Stretch
-Pigeon Stretch
-Seated hamstring stretch with flat back (don’t worry about touching your toes; focus on the targeted muscles)
-Abductor wall stretch
-Seated Adductor stretch
-Calf Stretch into Wall
-Downward facing dog
-Quad Stretch

Sample Day 3

0:30:00
Stretching and Self Care

Dynamic and Static Stretches

-Think of this as a recovery routine and self maintenance/care protocol. Consider it a beginning rather than a conclusive or all encompassing list.

-First, warm up gently with a short walk, some dynamic movements, very short spin on the bike, or some gentle foam rolling (start slowly!)

-Lunge Stretch
-Kneeling Psoas Stretch
-Pigeon Stretch
-Seated hamstring stretch with flat back (don’t worry about touching your toes; focus on the targeted muscles)
-Abductor wall stretch
-Seated Adductor stretch
-Calf Stretch into Wall
-Downward facing dog
-Quad Stretch

Sample Day 5

0:30:00
Stretching and Self Care

Dynamic and Static Stretches

-Think of this as a recovery routine and self maintenance/care protocol. Consider it a beginning rather than a conclusive or all encompassing list.

-First, warm up gently with a short walk, some dynamic movements, very short spin on the bike, or some gentle foam rolling (start slowly!)

-Lunge Stretch
-Kneeling Psoas Stretch
-Pigeon Stretch
-Seated hamstring stretch with flat back (don’t worry about touching your toes; focus on the targeted muscles)
-Abductor wall stretch
-Seated Adductor stretch
-Calf Stretch into Wall
-Downward facing dog
-Quad Stretch

Sample Day 8

0:30:00
Stretching and Self Care

Dynamic and Static Stretches

-Think of this as a recovery routine and self maintenance/care protocol. Consider it a beginning rather than a conclusive or all encompassing list.

-First, warm up gently with a short walk, some dynamic movements, very short spin on the bike, or some gentle foam rolling (start slowly!)

-Lunge Stretch
-Kneeling Psoas Stretch
-Pigeon Stretch
-Seated hamstring stretch with flat back (don’t worry about touching your toes; focus on the targeted muscles)
-Abductor wall stretch
-Seated Adductor stretch
-Calf Stretch into Wall
-Downward facing dog
-Quad Stretch

Sample Day 8

0:30:00
Body Weight Strength Routine

Body weight exercises:

Start slow. Begin with several reps and sets of each (think 2 x 6 then gradually build over several weeks to 3-4 x 15 of each). Rather then doing more, try to go slightly slower with excellent form.

-Squats
-Lying hip raise (Challenge: one leg)
-Lying hip abduction
-Lying hip adduction
-Lunges
-Side Lunges
-Single leg squats (start by only bending the standing leg a few inches then gradually go lower each session)
-Burpees
-Pile Squats
-Wall Squats (Progress to holding 10,15,20+ seconds)


Additional Core:
-Planks (front and side)
-Crunches
-Bicycle Crunches
-Swimmer exercise
-Spine Balance/Table Tops
-Pikes

Sample Day 15

0:30:00
Stretching and Self Care

Dynamic and Static Stretches

-Think of this as a recovery routine and self maintenance/care protocol. Consider it a beginning rather than a conclusive or all encompassing list.

-First, warm up gently with a short walk, some dynamic movements, very short spin on the bike, or some gentle foam rolling (start slowly!)

-Lunge Stretch
-Kneeling Psoas Stretch
-Pigeon Stretch
-Seated hamstring stretch with flat back (don’t worry about touching your toes; focus on the targeted muscles)
-Abductor wall stretch
-Seated Adductor stretch
-Calf Stretch into Wall
-Downward facing dog
-Quad Stretch

Red Kite Couch to Quarter (25 mile) Plan 7 Weeks

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