Gravel Grinder Base 1 and 2 - WKO iLevels - 8-12 hrs/week
Tim Cusick - Coach of World and National ChampionsAll plans by this Coach
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Gravel Grinder Base 1 and 2 Training Plan
written by Tim Cusick, TrainingPeaks WKO product leader and master coach with Velocious Cycling Adventures
Train with the coach of national and world ITT champion Amber Neben! This 10-week training plan was created by Tim Cusick using Coggan iLevels and is the first portion of our Gravel Grinder Full Season plan. It is designed for the serious competitive cyclist and includes predicted TSS and ongoing testing.
All workouts are meant to be completed on your gravel bike, though you can use your road bike, if necessary. In fact, we recommend a blend of both; workouts on the road maximize power and focus, while workouts on the trail/gravel help improve skills.
To use this plan, you will need to have a power meter and the TrainingPeaks WKO software (if you don't have WKO or if you don't train with power, you can still get these cutting-edge workouts and plans; just search for the Classic versions). This plan uses the advanced iLevels training protocol developed by Dr. Andy Coggan and the new training metrics available in WKO, like FTP/FRC, FRC, and PMAX. Learn more about WKO or watch Coach Cusick’s free educational WKO webinars.
Included with your plan:
- Instruction sheet (attached to the first day of the plan)
- Testing protocol
- Coaching comments and tips
- 10% discount on nutrition guide
Tim Cusick has written dozens of training plans for many different areas of cycling: road, gravel, time trial, mountain bike, cyclocross, indoor training, and more. Click here for a full list of his current plans by sport type and click here for a comparison chart of his major plans.
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Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|9:07 hrs||3:00 hrs|
Day Off x1
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||9:07 hrs||3:00 hrs|
Training Load By Week
This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- Power Meter