Peak for your Century or Gran Fondo Ride with 6 workouts p/wk!
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This plan is designed to get you in peak shape for a Century, Gran Fondo or Sportive. It is also suitable for multi-day events. Workouts can be exported to your devices. Compatible with Zwift, Garmin, Wahoo, Trainer Road, Cyclops and more. There are 5 or 6 rides per week, a strength session and a day off. Shorter rides are mid-week, with longer rides at weekends. FTP tests are scheduled with an active recovery week to aid adaptation. You should already be riding 4-5 times per week and able to ride 4 hrs non-stop. Guidance is provided for Power, Heart Rate or Feel.
This fitness test helps you update your power and heart rate thresholds for Training Peaks.
15 mins in Z2,
5 mins as (15 secs in Z4 + 45 secs easy in Z2).
20 mins maximal steady state time trial. Go as hard as you can sustain for 20-minutes.
10 mins in Z2.
Note: Alternatively, if you have a bike training device with its own "FTP" test protocol, you could use that instead.
TIP: Have a fan and/or air conditioning, so that heat stress is not a limiting factor for this test.
This workout works well on an indoor bike trainer; you can also do it outside. It's not supposed to be high intensity, so keep a lid on this one. You will improve your fat-burning and efficiency.
10 mins in Z2,
5 x (30 secs in upper Z2 + 30 secs in low Z2).
15 mins in upper Z2 + 90 secs recovery in low Z2.
12 mins in upper Z2 + 90 secs recovery in low Z2.
10 mins in upper Z2 + 90 secs recovery in low Z2.
5 mins in low Z2.
Ride mainly in Z2 today. You should be able to maintain conversation at this intensity. Don't be tempted to ride harder.
20 mins in low Z2.
30 mins in upper Z2.
10 mins in low Z2.
Please click on the link below for your guide to the strength and conditioning workouts. Strength and Conditioning will help maintain your muscle mass and these specific exercises are designed to improve the economy of your cycling performance.
M.A.P stands for Maximal Aerobic Power. It refers to the power output you can ride while at your maximal rate of oxygen consumption. These workouts include efforts that are at or just below your M.A.P.
12 mins in Z2,
5 x (10 secs in Z5 + 50 secs in low Z2),
3 mins in Z2.
4 x (4 mins in Z5 + 3 min recoveries in low Z2).
10 mins in low Z2.
These longer bike sessions are mostly done at an easy/steady Z2 effort, but there is a main set of long efforts at just below your threshold pace. These will help increase your threshold power without leaving you feeling excessively tired afterwards.
50 mins in Z2.
3 x (20 mins in upper Z3 + 10 min recoveries in Z2),
10 mins in upper Z3.
1 hr in low Z2.
Ride at an easy/steady intensity, mainly in Z2 today. You should be able to chat at this intensity. This ride will improve your efficiency for using fat for fuel and increase your ability to transport oxygen to your working muscles.