12 Week Build-up to a double century

Average Weekly Training Hours 08:47
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 08:47
Training Load By Week

This plan is designed to help a cyclist build up to being able to ride for 200 miles. All the athlete needs is a stopwatch and Microsoft Word to read the workout descriptions. The workouts are described by perceived exertion, heart rate, and power. The athlete needs to have time to ride 4 times a week for up to 2.5 hours on weekday workouts and for up to 7 hours on weekends. Before starting this plan the athlete should be able to ride comfortably for 4 hours. The athlete should consult with their doctor and be sure they are healthy enough to exercise at a high intensity before beginning this plan.

Sample Day 1
1:15:00
20 minute time trial

Warm-up for 10 minutes at recovery pace (perceived exertion of less than 2). Then do 10 minutes at endurance pace (perceived exertion of 2-3). Then do 3x1 minute intervals at high spin (a cadence of about 110 rpms-120 rpms) at tempo pace (perceived exertion of 3 or 4). Then do 5 minutes at recovery pace (perceived of exertion of less than 2). Then do 5 minutes at LT (perceived exertion of 4 or 5). This 5 minute effort will open you up for the test. Try to keep it at the bottom of this zone for the first 3-3.5 minutes of the 5 minute effort. Recover at recovery pace (perceived exertion of less than 2) for 5-10 minutes before beginning the test. Then do a 20 minute max effort. As far as pacing goes for the test don't start out too hard in the first 10 minutes. Never be breathing ragged during this portion. After you complete the first 10 minutes you should be able to up the pace some, but still should never be breathing ragged for the next 5 minutes. After 15 minutes up the pace again, and during the last 3 minutes really punch it. Try to keep your breathing regulated well until the last 3 minutes. You know you paced yourself well if you are able to up your pace like this and die right at 20 minutes. Recover for at least 15 minutes (perceived exertion of less than 2) after the test.

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
1 hour recovery spin

Ride easy today at recovery pace(perceived exertion of less than 2, less than 55% Functional Threshold Power, less than 68% Lactate Threshold Heart Rate).

Sample Day 4
1:30:00
1.5 hour Endurance Ride

Warm-up for 5 to 10 minutes at recovery pace(a perceived exertion of less than 2, less than 55% of Functional Threshold Power, or less than 68% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate). Then ride at endurance pace (about 2-3 on the perceived exertion scale, 56% to 75% of Functional Threshold Power, or 69% to 83% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate). Cool down for 5-10 minutes at recovery pace(a perceived exertion of less than 2, less than 55% of Functional Threshold Power, or less than 68% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate) at the end of the ride.

Sample Day 6
2:00:00
2 hour Endurance Ride with 2x20 minute Tempo Intervals

Warm-up for 5-10 minutes at recovery pace(a perceived exertion of less than 2, less than 55% of Functional Threshold Power, or less than 68% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate). Then ride at endurance pace(about 2-3 on the perceived exertion scale, 56% to 75% of Functional Threshold Power, or 69% to 83% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate) for at least 10 minutes. Then do 2x20' tempo intervals(about 3-4 on the perceived exertion scale, 76% to 90% of Functional Threshold Power, 84% to 94% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate). Then continue riding at endurance pace(about 2-3 on the perceived exertion scale, 56% to 75% of Functional Threshold Power, or 69% to 83% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate). Cool down for 5-10 minutes at recovery pace(a perceived exertion of less than 2, less than 55% of Functional Threshold Power, or less than 68% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate) at the end of the ride. Try to keep a cadence of 90rpms today.

Sample Day 8
4:00:00
4 hour Group Ride

You can ride this ride however you want to. If you feel strong you can pull at the front or attack. If you don’t feel so great that day and want to sit in then sit in. These rides are good to help you gain the confidence and skills required to ride in a group.

Sample Day 9
1:30:00
1.5 hour Endurance Ride

Warm-up for 5 to 10 minutes at recovery pace(a perceived exertion of less than 2, less than 55% of Functional Threshold Power, or less than 68% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate). Then ride at endurance pace (about 2-3 on the perceived exertion scale, 56% to 75% of Functional Threshold Power, or 69% to 83% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate). Cool down for 5-10 minutes at recovery pace(a perceived exertion of less than 2, less than 55% of Functional Threshold Power, or less than 68% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate) at the end of the ride.

Sample Day 11
2:00:00
2 hour Endurance Ride

Warm-up for 5 to 10 minutes at recovery pace(a perceived exertion of less than 2, less than 55% of Functional Threshold Power, or less than 68% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate). Then ride at endurance pace (about 2-3 on the perceived exertion scale, 56% to 75% of Functional Threshold Power, or 69% to 83% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate). Cool down for 5-10 minutes at recovery pace(a perceived exertion of less than 2, less than 55% of Functional Threshold Power, or less than 68% of Lactate Threshold Heart Rate) at the end of the ride.

Winston David
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Supertuck Cycle Sport, LLC

I currently offer one coaching plan for athletes. This plan includes a custom power based training plan that is updated weekly, up to 2 phone calls per week, and unlimited email contact. I also offer tactical advice for races, and I ride with my athletes whenever this is possible with my schedule and their schedule. If you would like any more info please visit my website at supertuckcs.com