Tour of Colorado: Victor-Roubaix 50 Miles Thrive 8 Weeks

Author

Hunter Allen & Peaks Coaching Group

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Length

8 Weeks

Typical Week

1 Other, 2 Day Off, 6 Bike

Longest Workout

4:00 hrs

Plan Specs

cycling gran fondo/century intermediate advanced masters power based tss based

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Tour of Colorado: Victor-Roubaix 50 Miles Thrive 8 Weeks is AN 8 week plan designed for the Cyclist or Triathlete who trains with power, HR (Heart Rate), or RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) and can train 10:20-11:55 hours per week (excluding Test & Rest Weeks). You will need to be able to devote up to 7:00 hours of training on your weekends.

This plan is for the intermediate cyclist who has some gravel riding experience and normally rides around 50-60 miles as their long ride. If you want to crush this ride and you need a simple, yet effective training plan that helps you ride hard and finish strong with bragging rights at the finish line, this plan is for you.

Designed and written by Hunter Allen, former pro cyclist, co-Founder of Training Peaks and WKO, co-author of Training and Racing with a Power Meter and Cutting-Edge Cycling and Founder and CEO of Peaks Coaching Group. The Workouts included in these pioneering and ruthlessly vetted Training Plans are the same Workouts that Hunter uses with his own Clients. Battle tested and podium approved.

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Training Load By Week
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 09:03

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Sample Day 1

1:30:10
101.4TSS
5 & 20 Minute FTP (Functional Threshold Power) Test VO2 1 x 5:05 & FTP 1 x 20:05 (1:30:05)

WU: 10-20 minutes working into Endurance Zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3)with 3 x 1-minute fast pedals to wake up legs.
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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 Vo2 Max test while really opening up the legs for the test and really dispense the initial freshness to help produce more accurate power in the 20-minute test. Once complete, spin easily for 20 minutes of recovery, working back into Endurance Zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3), and then go on to MS2.
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MS2: 20-Minute Time Trial. Try to do this on a road that is fairly flat and allows you to put out strong, steady power for the entire 20-minute effort. Don’t start too hard! You can do this on a steady climb or into a headwind to help produce steady power throughout the 20-minute effort. Once complete, spin easy for 10 minutes in Endurance Zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Your FTP is the power average for the 20-minute effort minus 3-5%.
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CD: 10-15 minutes of easy spinning.

Sample Day 2

1:40:00
130.2TSS
Microbursts 5 x 10 x :15 (1:40)

WU: 15 Minutes of easy spinning and riding into your Endurance Zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Complete 3 x 1-minute fast pedals in warm-up to prepare your legs for the workout.
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MS: 1: Micro Bursts! Make these hurt!!! Do 5 x 10-minute Micro-Burst Intervals. A 'Burst' is 15 seconds ON followed by 15 seconds OFF. The ON portion is 150% of threshold power or if using HR, go to Threshold HR. The OFF portion is 50% of threshold power or if using HR, just pedal easy for 15 seconds. Repeat this pattern continually for 10 minutes. Spin easy for 5 minutes between intervals.
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Ride at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) for the rest of the ride.
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CD: 15 Minutes of easy spinning

Sample Day 3

1:00:00
30.3TSS
ACTIVE RECOVERY (1:00)

MS: Today is an Active Recovery day targeting ONLY (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2). Focus on relaxing on the bike and enjoying the ride. If you have to climb some hills try to use easier gear and spin easy. Today is about recovery, so go for easy spin!

You get faster when you are resting and recovering, not when you are working hard!! Rest days are about going easy enough to really allow your legs to recover.

Sample Day 4

1:40:00
105.6TSS
TEMPO 1 x 30 & ENDURANCE 1 x 50 with FTP Fast Pedals 10 x :60/2 (1:40) 10' WU/CD

WU: 10 minutes working into ENDURANCE (PW: Level 2 / HR: Zone 2 / RPE: 2-3), with 3 x 1-minute fast pedals to wake up legs.
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MS1: Tempo intervals help build aerobic fitness and muscular endurance. Complete 1 x 40-minute TEMPO ZONE: Z3 (000w-000w) effort. Terrain: Mixed. Cadence: 75-85 (try using one harder-to-pedal gear and then one self-selected). Ride all other times at ENDURANCE Z2 (000w-000w) pace, flat to low grade climbing. Ride for 10 minutes in ACTIVE RECOVERY Z1, then go on to MS2.
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MS2: Complete 10 x 1-minute HIGH CADENCE FAST PEDALS targeting 135+ RPM, with 2-minute rests between intervals.
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CD: 10 minutes of easy spinning in ACTIVE RECOVERY.

Sample Day 5

2:30:00
144.7TSS
ENDURANCE & TEMPO 1 x 30 (2:30) 10' WU/CD

WU: 10 Minutes working into your Endurance zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Then complete 3 x 1-minute fast pedals, with 1 minute rest between efforts, to open up your legs.
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MS: Building Endurance today! Once warmed up, ride in your Endurance zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) over flat to rolling terrain. Focus on staying relaxed on the bike and spinning circles while keeping your cadence between 90-100. During the last hour of the ride complete 1 x 30-minute TEMPO effort (Power Z3, HR Z3, RPE 3-4) using a gear that results in a cadence of 75-85. Complete the TEMPO effort as close to the end of the ride as possible while still allowing 10 minutes for cool-down.
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CD: 10 minutes of easy spinning.

Sample Day 6

2:00:00
107.3TSS
ENDURANCE Ride (2:00) 10' WU/CD

WU: 10-20 minutes working from Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) training zone into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 2-3 x 1 minute fast pedals to wake up legs.
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MS1: Endurance ride. Set a pace at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) and hold this pace for the prescribed workout time. Focus on riding smooth and staying relaxed. Vary your cadence. Vary terrain.
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CD: 5-15 minutes of easy pedaling in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 9

1:30:00
96.2TSS
TEMPO 1 x 30 & ENDURANCE 1 x 40 with FTP Fast Pedals 10 x :60/2 (1:30) 10' WU/CD

WU: 10 minutes working into ENDURANCE (PW: Level 2 / HR: Zone 2 / RPE: 2-3), with 3 x 1-minute fast pedals to wake up legs.
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MS1: Tempo intervals help build aerobic fitness and muscular endurance. Complete 1 x 30-minute TEMPO ZONE: Z3 (000w-000w) effort. Terrain: Mixed. Cadence: 75-85 (try using one harder-to-pedal gear and then one self-selected). Ride all other times at ENDURANCE Z2 (000w-000w) pace, flat to low grade climbing. Ride for 10 minutes in ACTIVE RECOVERY Z1, then go on to MS2.
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MS2: Complete 10 x 1-minute HIGH CADENCE FAST PEDALS targeting 135+ RPM, with 2-minute rests between intervals.
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CD: 10 minutes of easy spinning in ACTIVE RECOVERY.

Tour of Colorado: Victor-Roubaix 50 Miles Thrive 8 Weeks

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