GFNCS: Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo, Gran Fondo Asheville & Boone Gran Fondo-8 Week Beg./Inter.

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GFNCS: Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo, Gran Fondo Asheville & Boone Gran Fondo-8 Week Beg./Inter.

Author

Hunter Allen & Peaks Coaching Group

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Length

8 Weeks

Typical Week

1 Other, 6 Bike, 1 Day Off

Longest Workout

5:00 hrs

Plan Specs

cycling gran fondo/century beginner intermediate power based hr based tss based

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This plan is made to turn you into a climbing mountain goat! If you want to improve your climbing that is going to be in the Tour of Georgia, Gran Fondo Asheville, and Boone Gran Fondos, then this is the plan for you. Of course, the overall plans work fine here as well.

This plan is for the beginner to intermediate cyclist with 10-12 hours to train each week.

It is made to progressively work all the energy systems so that you'll be able to survive the distance with endurance, get over the steep hills and climbs along the way.

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Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 09:59

Hunter Allen

Peaks Coaching Group, Inc.

Our coaches are the experts in training with a power meter and data analysis. If you are looking for the best, then Peaks Coaching Group will exceed your expectations and help maximize your training time. We also can help you with race tactics, nutrition, power training, skill development and we also have 4-6 cycling camps each year.

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Sample Day 1

1:30:00
106.3TSS
ENDURANCE & Microbursts 3 x 10 x :15 (1:30) 10' CD

WU: 10 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! - You will learn to love these. Do 3 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 2

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 3

1:40:00
102.8TSS
TEMPO 1 x 30, ENDURANCE 1 x 20 & FTP 10 x :60 Fast Pedals (1:40)

WU: 15 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 (PW: Level 3 / HR: Zone 3 / RPE: 3-4) effort. Terrain: Mixed. Cadence: 75-85 (try using one harder-to-pedal gear and then one self-selected). 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: 15 minutes of easy spinning in ACTIVE RECOVERY (PW: Level 1 / HR: Zone 1 / RPE: <2).

Sample Day 4

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 5

2:00:00
106.3TSS
ENDURANCE Ride (2:00) 10' CD

WU: 15 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: 10 minutes of easy pedaling in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 7

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 16

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.

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