GFNCS: Gran Fondo Florida - 12 Week Advanced Plan

Average Weekly Training Hours 12:16
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 12:16
Training Load By Week

This 12 week plan is made for the advanced rider who is preparing for an event in the Gran Fondo National Championship Series. This plan focuses on all around fitness. This plan works really well for the Gran Fondo Florida, but again, can be used for all of the Gran Fondos in the series. This plan is comprehensive and is built on hundreds of hours of power analysis, race comparisons, data capture and past successes of the athletes I have coached. This training plan is made for cyclists who train with power, heart rate, or perceived exertion. We have provided testing protocol and explained how to set your training zones within TrainingPeaks. That will allow you to know exactly where you are starting with the plan and provide the correct information for testing in the future. This is not a plan for the mediocre or pack filler. If you want to take it to the next level and ready to put in the work, then this is your plan. Be ready for some unique workouts, be ready for some hard workouts and be ready to do the workouts. You'll need between 13 and 18 hours a week to play with in order to get all of the work done in this plan. This plan is appropriate for those training for the 60 or 100 mile distance. Get this plan now and I know you'll enjoy the guidance, workouts and plan as it will bring more focus to your workouts and also let you in on the secrets to succeeding in the Gran Fondo National Championship Series!

Sample Day 2
1:15:00
Endurance Day

WU: 10 minutes working at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 2 x 1-minute Fast Pedals to wake up your legs.
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MS: Today is simple, ride the prescribed time your Endurance Zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Vary your cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form. Practice coming over the top and pulling through the bottom of the pedal. Enjoy the day!! Terrain: Flat to Rolling; Cadence: 85 - 105.
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CD: 10 - 15 minutes of easy pedaling at Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 3
1:15:00
Endurance Day

WU: 10 minutes working at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 2 x 1-minute Fast Pedals to wake up your legs.
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MS: Today is simple, ride the prescribed time your Endurance Zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Vary your cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form. Practice coming over the top and pulling through the bottom of the pedal. Enjoy the day!! Terrain: Flat to Rolling; Cadence: 85 - 105.
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CD: 10 - 15 minutes of easy pedaling at Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 4
1:15:00
Endurance Day

WU: 10 minutes working at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 2 x 1-minute Fast Pedals to wake up your legs.
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MS: Today is simple, ride the prescribed time your Endurance Zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Vary your cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form. Practice coming over the top and pulling through the bottom of the pedal. Enjoy the day!! Terrain: Flat to Rolling; Cadence: 85 - 105.
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CD: 10 - 15 minutes of easy pedaling at Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 5
0:45:00
Active Recovery

MS: 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 so no efforts over Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) today, take it easy and look at the scenery. It's important that you rest today, so that you do a great test tomorrow. So save those legs for a big effort!

Sample Day 6
2:00:00
Functional Threshold Test (FTP) - 20 Minutes Only

WU: Warm up for 20+ minutes of riding, starting out at Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) and working into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). During warm-up completed 3 x 1 minute efforts of “fast pedaling” at a 110 RPM cadence or above.
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MS#1 – Once warmed up, complete a 5 minute effort at your perceived threshold. This is a hard effort but not all out. Should be hard to breathe but not leave you breathless. Once complete, ride in your Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) for 10 minutes, spinning and recovering then move to MS#2
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MS#2 – TEST. Now that you are fully open and warmed up, let’s go for a killer 20 minute test result. Find a long stretch of road or preferably a low grade climb where you can ride for 20 minute without interruption. Set your lap function and KILL IT! Really go hard here, but don’t start too hard! A secret tip: hold back a little bit in the first 2-3 minutes then really push! Let your body prepare to handle the lactate generated by this type of effort. Make sure you are recording power, heart rate and or distance so we can measure results.
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CD: Spin for 15 easy minutes to shake off the pain!

Sample Day 7
1:15:00
ENDurance Day

WU: 10 minutes working at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 2 x 1-minute Fast Pedals to wake up your legs.
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MS: Today is simple, ride the prescribed time your Endurance Zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Vary your cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form. Practice coming over the top and pulling through the bottom of the pedal. Enjoy the day!! Terrain: Flat to Rolling; Cadence: 85 - 105.
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CD: 10 - 15 minutes of easy pedaling at Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 9
1:00:00
Sweet Spot Training (SST)

WU: 15 minutes working at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 2 x 1-minute Fast Pedals to wake up your legs.
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MS: SST Intervals. On the trainer, out on the road, or in a group, SST intervals are part of our continued effort to build and maintain base. Complete 2 x 15-minute intervals in the Sweet Spot zone (89% - 92% of FTP, Power Z3.5, Heart Rate Z3.5, RPE 3-5) with 5 minutes of recovery between intervals.

Ride all other time in Endurance Zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3).

Terrain: Flat to Rolling; Cadence: 85 - 105.
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CD: 10-15 minutes of easy pedaling at Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Hunter Allen
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