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12-weeks to your first Century

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Karen Buxton

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12 Weeks

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Plan Description

A 100-mile ride (century) is a great goal for a cyclist who is looking for a new challenge. Organized century rides are offered in most communities and provide support and camaraderie for cyclists of all abilities. If you are a fit cyclist, interested in a new goal, a century ride is a great choice.

This plan is designed for a cyclist that is currently riding three-to-four days per week. The weekday rides can be either outdoors or indoors (trainer, stationary bike or spin classes). Weekday rides range from 45 to 95-minutes and the weekend rides range from 45 minutes to 5:15. At minimum, you can commit to cycling four days each week.

The workouts are prescribed using heart rate zones and a “testing workout” is scheduled during week #3 to set your zones and again during week #9 to check your progress. If you do not have a heart rate monitor, you can train by using perceived exertion and you can find a RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) Chart here: http://www.coachbuxton.com/Rating_of_PE.pdf

This plan includes two short body weight core sessions each week. However, if you are currently involved in a strength training program, you can continue that program on your easy cycling or cross-training days. You may need to adjust the weight, number of sets & repetitions and total weekly sessions to prevent the strength routines from negatively affecting the cycling sessions.

Your goal is to complete the century at the conclusion of 12-weeks of training. The plan is written for a cyclist that will average between 14 and 16-MPH for the event with an estimated total ride-time between 7:10 and 6:15.



Training Plan Sample Week

Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x4
6:32 hrs 5:15 hrs
Strength x2
0:28 hrs 0:15 hrs
Day Off x2
—— ——
X-Train x1
0:35 hrs 0:45 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike
6:32 hrs 5:15 hrs
Strength
0:28 hrs 0:15 hrs
Day Off
—— ——
X-Train
0:35 hrs 0:45 hrs

Training Load By Week


This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • GPS

All supported devices

Karen Buxton

Coachbuxton.com

I work with triathletes, duathletes, runners, swimmers and endurance cyclists from first-timers to elites.

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