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Transition / Prep Training Plan - Classic Zones and WKO iLevels, 4-8 weeks

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Tim Cusick - Coach of World and National Champions

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8 Weeks

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Plan Description

Transition/Prep Training Plan

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

WKO structured training plan

Plan overview

The transition period is often the most difficult one for cyclists. We tend to dislike slowing down and spending time repairing damage we’ve done. What damage? There are two types. First, cycling is a very controlled muscular sport, and riding thousands of miles or kilometers with your hands and glutes attached to fixed points can create some significant muscular imbalances. We need to use the transition period to build functional strength based on movement patterns and needs. Second, most cyclists lose efficiency throughout the race/event season, and the transition period needs to focus on rebuilding our pedal stroke to improve that efficiency.

This 4- to 8-week training program focuses on refreshing basic motor pathways through functional strength, fast pedaling, and foundation fitness. Daily workouts range from hiking to yoga to structured cycling workouts, together presenting a full 8-week functional strength building program that will prepare you to start your next full-season plan. Because this plan contains mostly sub-threshold work, it can be used with both Coggan Classic Training Zones and WKO iLevels.

I typically recommend 2-3 weeks off the bike with only walking and yoga as aerobic exercise. Once rested, a full 8-week program of transition and prep like this one is ideal for riders with late spring and summer peak event targets. If you have early spring targets, you might want to limit the transition period to four weeks; if that’s you, choose any four weeks of this plan based on your fitness. If you’re not sure which weeks to pick, go with the first four.

Transition phase workouts are rarely exciting. Fast pedals, lower-cadence tempo work, and endurance-focused rides can be a bit dull, particularly when done indoors. But it’s going to be worth it! Use the time wisely by practicing your mental focus skills in addition to the physical restoration. Learn to shift focus between key markers during interval efforts.

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

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x4
6:45 hrs 2:30 hrs
Strength x3
—— ——
Other x2
1:00 hrs 0:30 hrs
Day Off x1
—— ——
Walk x1
1:18 hrs 1:30 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
6:45 hrs 2:30 hrs
—— ——
1:00 hrs 0:30 hrs
Day Off
—— ——
1:18 hrs 1:30 hrs

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter
  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Tim Cusick

Velocious Endurance Coaching

Tim Cusick is the TrainingPeaks WKO product leader, the owner of Velocious Endurance Coaching, and the leader of BaseCamp. 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, Rebecca Rusch, and other pros and racers. Over 100 plans for all cycling disciplines. Need help picking a plan? Fill out our survey:

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