Gravel Grinder iLevels - Base 1 and 2 - WKO4 Coggan Power Duration Curve - 8-14 hrs/week

Average Weekly Training Hours 09:07
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 09:07
Training Load By Week

Gravel Grinder Base 1 and 2 Training Plan


written by Tim Cusick, TrainingPeaks WKO4 product leader and master coach with Velocious Cycling Adventures

WKO4 iLevels plan

Plan overview
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 WKO4 software (if you don't have WKO4 or if you don't train with power, you can still get these cutting-edge workouts and plans; just search for the Coggan Classic versions). This plan uses the advanced iLevels training protocol developed by Dr. Andy Coggan and the new training metrics available in WKO4, like FTP/FRC, FRC, and PMAX. Visit wko4.com to find out more about WKO4 or to watch Coach Cusick’s free educational WKO4 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

More plans
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.

Questions?
Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions about our training plans. If you don't find your answer there, please email Coach Kathy Watts.

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
50TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HC 5 MIN SPEED DRILLS

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: Endurance (iLevel 2)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
CADENCE DRILLS: 1 x 50 minutes of alternating high cadence (95+ rpm) for 5 minutes and self-selected cadence for 5 minutes.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: iLevel 1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
50TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone.
TARGET: Endurance (iLevel 2)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: iLevel 1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 4
1:00:00
50TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HC 5 MIN SPEED DRILLS

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: Endurance (iLevel 2)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
CADENCE DRILLS: 1 x 50 minutes of alternating high cadence (95+ rpm) for 5 minutes and self-selected cadence for 5 minutes.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: iLevel 1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 5
1:00:00
25TSS
Active Recovery

You get faster when you're resting and recovering, not when you're working hard! Rest days are about going easy enough to really allow your legs to recover, so no efforts over iLevel 1 today. Take it easy and look at the scenery.

Sample Day 6
1:30:00
75TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/TEMPO

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1-minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS1:
1 x 20-Minute Tempo Interval
TARGET: Tempo (iLevel 3)
CADENCE: 1 gear harder/slower RPM than normal self selection, target 75 RPM.
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MS2:
Ride remaining prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: Endurance (iLevel 2)
CADENCE: 85-105 RPM. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: iLevel 1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 7
1:30:00
75TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HC 1 MIN SPEED DRILLS

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: Endurance (iLevel 2)
CADENCE: 85-105 RPM. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
CADENCE DRILLS: 10 x 1-minute high cadence (HC) speed pedaling (110+ RPM), leaving 1-2 minutes between HC efforts
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: iLevel 1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 9
1:00:00
55TSS
DAY 1 VO2MAX TEST

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to iLevel 2
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1-minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS1:
3 x 90-Second Opener Intervals
TARGET: FTP/FRC (iLevel 5)
REST: 3 minutes easy riding between/after first two, then 3-5 minutes after last interval to recover before MS2.
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MS1: 5-Minute Hard Effort
This 5-minute effort should be done at maximum. Start the effort at a high pace, but not so hard that you cannot finish strong. Really hammer out the last 45 seconds. The goal is to generate a max 5-minute VO2Max test.
Ride any remaining time in your Endurance zone.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: iLevel 1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Tim Cusick
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Velocious Endurance Coaching

Tim Cusick is the TrainingPeaks WKO4 product leader and the owner of Velocious Endurance Coaching. His expertise in training, racing, and data analytics offers a unique approach to training that guides his clients to amazing success. He currently coaches world champion Amber Neben, road pro Emma Grant, and numerous other pros and age group racers. Tim has 100 plans in all cycling disciplines! Need help picking a plan? Fill out our survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/bkGSAYA9VzV9tsq22.