Dominate Your Next Gran Fondo (Bike+Core, Mobility & Stretching)-All Levels: 6 wks/6-10hrs

Average Weekly Training Hours 05:29
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 05:29
Training Load By Week

This 6-week program is designed to improve your cycling fitness so you can perform at a higher level in your next GRAN FONDO event. Achieve Performance Training & Coaching has created a training plan to make you ride faster than and achieve your gran fondo goal(s). Developed by experienced coaches and Cat 1 racers, this training plan will improve your aerobic and anaerobic fitness capacity through specific block training. You will first increase your cycling specific power over short durations, then extend this over longer durations so that you arrive at your event ready to ride fast. The plan also incorporates core workouts, mobility and stretching+foam rolling, with a link to video instructions. If you have questions on this program or one-on-one coaching then contact #AchievePTC by visiting http://www.achieveptc.com/.

Sample Day 1
1:00:00
1.0 HR: Z2 w 3x30sec SNGL LEG PEDAL

WARM UP: 15-20min Z1/2/3
SINGLE LEG DRILL: 3x30sec each leg
Z2: 25-30min + 5min stretch

Sample Day 2
1:30:00
80TSS
FTP/FTHR Fitness Field Test

It's important you do this test so that you know your current base fitness level. In addition, the intervals you will do in workouts will be based on a percentage of your functional threshold power (FTP) or functional threshold heart rate (FTHR)
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How to Find Your FTHR and/or FTP
FTHR: This is your average heart rate you can maintain for a one hour all-out effort.

FTP: This is the average watts you can maintain for a one hour all-out effort. This can also be referred to as maximum sustainable power output (MSPO)

How to Find Your FTHR and/or FTP:
You can perform the following field test to get your approximate FTHR and/or FTP.
1. Ride your bike for 15-20 minutes at a moderate to high effort. The purpose of this is to increase heart rate and blood flow throughout your body, (especially your legs.)
2. Next, complete a five minute 95-100% effort going up a gentle hill. This effort is meant to get your body working at full capacity.
3. Next, ride easy for 15-25 minutes in order to recover and prepare for the main test.
4. The main FTP/ FTHR test is an all-out 20 minute effort on a gradual climb. Cool down with an easy spin for 15-20mins. Record your average power and/or average heart rate for the duration of this effort. To get your FTP, subtract 5% from the average power you were able to hold. For example, if you averaged 200 watts for the 20 minutes then subtract 10 watts. In this case your FTP is 190 watts. For your approximate FTHR, subtract 3% (round up to the nearest whole number) from your average heart rate. For example, if you averaged 160 bpm then you would subtract 5. Your approximate FTHR is 155 bpm.

*If you want your precise FTP and/or FTHR, then visit a local lab that offers threshold testing.

Perceived Effort
The following are additional guidelines you can utilize when basing your workout on perceived effort. While riding in Zone 2, your endurance zone, you should be able to carry a conversation and complete full sentences with another rider before needing to take a breath. As you move into zone 3, it becomes more challenging to hold a conversation with another rider. You should be able to get out around five words at a time before needing to take a breathe. Then as you move into zone 4, it becomes difficult to speak. You should only be able to blurt out one or two words at a time. When you get to zone 5 and 6 then talking should not be possible, let alone something you feel like doing. You will be focused on your maximum effort and inhaling and exhaling become very difficult.

Sample Day 3
1:30:00
75TSS
10min SWEET SPOT: 2x10min

WARM UP: 15-30MIN Z1/2/3 SPIN


2X10 MIN 83-97% FTP OR Z4 HR (95% of FTHR) for HR-Only Users
REST: 5 MIN btw sets


Z2: 25MIN
COOL DOWN: 5 MIN Z1 + stretch 5min

Sample Day 3
0:20:00
CORE STABILIZATION CIRCUIT

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UINAaT5zr8

DO EXERCISES IN CIRCUIT FASHION
REMEMBER TO DRAW IN AND BRACE

A) FLOOR BRIDGE 3X15
- Lay on back, knees bent 90*, feet flat on floor, draw in belly button, raise hips up counting to 3, lower hips down counting to 3 (tempo of 3-0-3). Repeat
B) FLOOR PRONE COBRA 3X15
- Lay on stomach, arms along your side, depress shoulder blades (lower down towards butt), raise chest off the ground while turning palms clockwise and to the outside until thumbs point up. Lower back down. No tension in neck or shoulders. 3-0-3 tempo
C) ISO-PRONE AB (PLANK) 3X45-60 SEC.
- Lay stomach down, toes on floor, bring elbow underneath chest, raise up your entire body so it's supported by only toes and elbows. Keep back flat and your body like a plank. Breathe and hole for 45 to 60 seconds. If 45 secs is fine then push to 60 secs
D) SIDE PLANK 3X45 SEC.
- Lay on side, raise upper body and rest on elbow, raise hips until your body is straight like a plank and supported by elbow and ankle. Hold for 45 seconds. If you can not support your body in this position then try supporting from elbow and outside of your knee

Sample Day 4
1:30:00
80TSS
TEMPO: 3x10min Z3 HR

WARM UP: 15-30MIN Z2/3 HR
3X10MIN @ Z3 HR
REST: 5min Z1/2 between each set
Z2: 20MIN
COOL DOWN: 5-10MIN Z1/2

Sample Day 5
0:20:00
CORE STABILIZATION CIRCUIT

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UINAaT5zr8

DO EXERCISES IN CIRCUIT FASHION
REMEMBER TO DRAW IN AND BRACE

A) FLOOR BRIDGE 3X15
- Lay on back, knees bent 90*, feet flat on floor, draw in belly button, raise hips up counting to 3, lower hips down counting to 3 (tempo of 3-0-3). Repeat
B) FLOOR PRONE COBRA 3X15
- Lay on stomach, arms along your side, depress shoulder blades (lower down towards butt), raise chest off the ground while turning palms clockwise and to the outside until thumbs point up. Lower back down. No tension in neck or shoulders. 3-0-3 tempo
C) ISO-PRONE AB (PLANK) 3X45-60 SEC.
- Lay stomach down, toes on floor, bring elbow underneath chest, raise up your entire body so it's supported by only toes and elbows. Keep back flat and your body like a plank. Breathe and hole for 45 to 60 seconds. If 45 secs is fine then push to 60 secs
D) SIDE PLANK 3X45 SEC.
- Lay on side, raise upper body and rest on elbow, raise hips until your body is straight like a plank and supported by elbow and ankle. Hold for 45 seconds. If you can not support your body in this position then try supporting from elbow and outside of your knee

Sample Day 6
2:00:00
140TSS
SHORT INTERVALS 4min: 2x2x4min

WARM UP: 30 MIN SPIN Z2/3 HR
2X2X4MIN @ 110-113% FTP OR Z5 HR (more than 105% of MSS heart rate or MSPO)
2 sets of 2x4min on, 4min off. 
REST: 8min rest btw sets.
COOL DOWN: 45-60 MIN IN Z2

Dana Williams
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Achieve Training & Coaching; National Champion

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