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Training Plan for Big Sugar NWA Gravel (12 weeks)

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Coach Jeff Winkler

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Length

12 Weeks

Includes Structured Workouts

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Plan Description

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This training plan will get you ready to tackle the Big Sugar Lifetime event (100 miles of gravel in NW Arkansas). 1-day gravel events are lengthy and usually feature plenty of climbing (Big Sugar is no exception!). Throw in a fair amount of dirt/gravel rural roads and you have a truly unique riding experience.

This plan is appropriate for any non-beginner cyclist who has previously handled a consistent 7-12hrs/week of training. You can execute most of the plan with only a heart rate monitor, but several workouts will be more effective with a power meter. The plan begins with field tests to establish your fitness benchmarks. These tests will allow you to set up reasonable training zones and guide the intensity of workouts throughout the plan.

Even though Big Sugar will have a some extended climbing, you can properly prepare without having access to mountains. You just have to commit to "climbing-type" efforts. In reality, your body and working muscles don't know whether you are climbing or not, it's all effort level.


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Training Plan Sample Week

Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x6
10:12:00 06:00:00
Day Off x1
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Strength x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike
10:12:00 06:00:00
Day Off
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Strength
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Training Load By Week


This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter
  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Jeff Winkler

Winkler Cycling

Credentials

  • USA Cycling Level 1 Coach (Elite)
  • TrainingPeaks Level 2 Coach
  • SafeSport Certified
  • Certified Personal Trainer (ISSA)
  • Certified Nutrition Coach (ISSA)
  • Ex-Professional Cyclist
  • Political Science (B.A.), Juris Doctor (J.D.)

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