Indoor Trainer Base Plan I, Classic Zones (Power, HR), 5-8 Hrs/Wk, structured workouts

Author

Tim Cusick

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Length

12 Weeks

Typical Week

2 Day Off, 1 Other, 5 Bike

Longest Workout

2:00 hrs

Plan Specs

cycling indoor intermediate advanced power based hr based tss based base period

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Includes Structured Workouts

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Indoor Trainer Base Plan


Written by Tim Cusick, TrainingPeaks WKO Product Leader and master coach with Velocious Cycling Adventures

WKO structured training plan

Plan overview
Train with the coach of national and world ITT champion Amber Neben! This 12-week trainer base plan uses Classic Training Levels and is designed for the serious competitive cyclist who has 5-8 hours a week to train. The workouts are designed to give you a great foundation, with lots of tempo and sub-threshold work. Includes power, heart rate, and perceived exertion.

The workouts can be used in the traditional format or as structured workouts, which load automatically to select devices (Garmin, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Racermate, and more) so you can see your workout and interval numbers right on your device.

Included with your plan:
- Instruction sheet (attached to the first day of the plan)
- Testing protocol
- Coaching comments and tips
- 10% discount on nutrition guide

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Tim Cusick has written dozens of training plans for many different areas of cycling: road, gravel, time trial, mountain bike, cyclocross, indoor training, and more. Click here for a full list of his current plans by sport type.

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Stats

Training Load By Week
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 06:31

Tim Cusick

Velocious Endurance Coaching

Tim Cusick is the TrainingPeaks WKO4 product leader and the owner of Velocious Endurance Coaching. His expertise in training, racing, and data analytics offers a unique approach to training that guides his clients to amazing success. He currently coaches world champion Amber Neben, road pro Emma Grant, and numerous other pros and age group racers. Tim has 100 plans in all cycling disciplines! Need help picking a plan? Fill out our survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/bkGSAYA9VzV9tsq22.

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Sample Day 1

1:00:00
50TSS
DAY 1 VO2MAX TESTING CCTEST

WU:
5 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Zone 2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS1:
3 x 90-second opener intervals
TARGET: VO2Max (PW Z5/HR Z5/REP 6-7)
REST: 3 minutes easy riding after first two, then 3-5 minutes after last interval to recover before MS2.
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MS2: 5-Minute Hard Effort
This 5-minute effort should be done at maximum. Start the effort at a high pace, but not so hard that you cannot finish strong. Really hammer out the last 45 seconds. The goal is to generate a max 5-minute VO2Max test.
Ride all remaining time in your Endurance zone.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 2

1:00:00
50TSS
DAY 2 FTP TESTING CCTEST

WU:
5 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS1:
3 x 90-Second Opener Intervals
TARGET: VO2Max (PW Z5/HR Z5/REP 6-7)
REST: 3 minutes easy riding after first two, then 3-5 minutes after last interval to recover before MS2.
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MS2:
20-Minute Time Trial
Don’t start too hard! You want to produce steady power throughout the 20-minute effort. Once complete, ride any remaining time in your Endurance zone.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 3

1:00:00
50TSS
DAY 3 ANAEROBIC CAPACITY TEST CCTEST

WU:
5 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS1:
1 x 5-Minute Opener Interval
TARGET: FTP (PW Z4/HR Z4/RPE 6-7)
REST: 5 minutes of easy riding, then complete MS2
CADENCE: Self selected
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MS2: 1-Minute Test
Start from about 20 mph out of the saddle HAMMERING (self-selected cadence); go as hard as you can go in the beginning! Sit as you need to and try to push out the entire minute. This is hard! Once complete, spin for 5 minutes and then repeat the test.
Ride any remaining time in your Endurance zone.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 5

1:00:00
50TSS
DAY 4 NP SPRINT TEST CCTEST

WU:
5 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS1: NP Sprint Intervals
6 x 50-yard Small Ring Sprints (39:16)
Start each sprint rolling at about 12 mph in little ring and then spin up to fast pedal power (target cadence 120 and above). Rest 2-3 minutes between sprint efforts. Recover with 5-10 minutes of easy spinning and then complete MS2.
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MS2:
Ride all remaining time in your endurance zone.
TARGET: Endurance (PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 3-4)
CADENCE: Self selected
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 6

1:30:00
74.7TSS
PROGRESSIVE ENDURANCE RIDE CCZ2

WU:
10 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Endurance Ride, progressive effort. Break the ride down into 3 equal time segments. Begin ride at the lower end of the endurance zone and increase effort (avg power or avg HR) each segment, ending the ride with the hardest effort for the last segment.
TARGET: Endurance (PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 3-4)
CADENCE: Self selected. To make this more challenging, increase avg RPM with each segment along with effort.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 8

1:00:00
50TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE CCZ2

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone.
TARGET: Endurance (PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 9

1:15:00
65TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HC 5 MIN SPEED DRILLS CCZ2

WU:
10 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: Endurance (PW Z2 / HR Z2 / PE 4-5)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
CADENCE DRILLS: 1 x 60 minutes of alternating high cadence (HC, 95+ rpm) for 5 minutes and self-selected cadence for 5 minutes.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Indoor Trainer Base Plan I, Classic Zones (Power, HR), 5-8 Hrs/Wk, structured workouts

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