Novice Cycling / 4DP Weakness: VO2, by The Sufferfest.

Average Weekly Training Hours 04:17
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 04:17
Training Load By Week


This training plan was designed by APEX Coaching for athletes and enthusiasts who...

* Have taken the Full Frontal fitness test and have uncovered a VO2 weakness in their 4DP profile
* Are new to cycling or choosing their first structured training plan
* Have trained fewer than an average of 7 hours/week in the previous ~3 months
* Only have 3-6 hours/week they can dedicate to training over the course of the next ~3 months
* Have a nascent yet burning desire to CRUSH their goals by putting in a maximum amount of effort in a minimum amount of time

This plan includes a mix of indoor and outdoor workouts (which can be done indoors if the weather isn't playing along). The plan builds fitness progressively through blocks of high intensity followed by periods of recovery and reduced intensity.

This plan is designed to suit the time-crunched athlete, with weekday workouts under 60 minutes and longer weekend rides. Note: the average weekly training hours listed do not include the optional yoga and mental training plans you may wish to add to your schedule (more details available when you apply a plan to your account).

The plan finishes on a high note, with the last week bringing you fit and fresh into the dreaded Full Frontal. After finishing this plan, you can begin a more advanced plan straight away.

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Sample Day 1
Recovery Spin

Very easy ride, all in the small chainring...unless going downhill with a tailwind. Resist the temptation to go harder or faster. Keep HR in the Recovery Zone (Zone 1) for the entire ride. Yes, you should feel embarassed to be seen riding this slow - it's OK! Stay on flat terrain, ideally.

Sample Day 1
Before You Get Started

To help you make the most out of this training plan we have created a series of articles to help walk you through some issues that most people face at some point during a training plan.

A little extra reading now will go a long way in ensuring your success!

Meet your coaches

Basic Notes/ FAQ

Having and "off" day on the bike?

Why you should add in Yoga

Sample Day 1
Sufferfest Yoga Video

In addition to all of the awesome video workouts you have access too in The Sufferfest app, there is also an entire library of Yoga videos to choose from!
After your recovery spin, load up one of the following Sufferfest Yoga videos to see what they are all about!

Recovery Booster

Loosen Neck and Shoulders

Yoga in Couchlandria: The Office

Sample Day 2
Mental Training Plan: Goal Setting

Identifying Your Mt. Sufferlandria
Module 1 of our Mental Training Program.

Gain clarity on who you are as an athlete and what your major goal—your ‘Personal Mt. Sufferlandria—really is.

Sample Day 3
Cadence Builds

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✭✭✭
AC: ✭✩✩✩✩
MAP: ✭✩✩✩✩
FTP: ✭✩✩✩✩

One of the best sessions there is for neuromuscular training and a regular session in The Sufferfest Training Plans, this drill asks you to progressively build from a cadence of 90 RPM to your MAX over 30 seconds, recover and repeat several times. Cadence builds improve the way you recruit your leg, glute and core muscles throughout your pedal stroke by progressing to your maximal cadence. By reaching your highest cadence possible, you are training the 'on/off' switch in each muscle group to not only work faster, but have less overlap with your other muscle groups. You're training your hamstring muscles to 'turn off' when your quads 'turn on' and vice-versa to achieve a more efficient pedal stroke.

NOTE: As a drill session, this video does not have music or a storyline like 'normal' Sufferfest videos. Just fire up a playlist on your favourite music app and you're away!

Sample Day 4
Mini Blender

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✩✩✩✩
AC: ✭✭✭✩✩
MAP: ✭✭✭✭✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✩

Takes all the best parts of Blender and condenses them into a workout less than 60 minutes. The sustained efforts at the start ensure your AC and MAP are really put to the test during the two sets of Pain Shakes. Just like the regular Blender, throwing some shorter threshold efforts your way after those AC and MAP builders means your FTP doesn’t get left out of the “fun.” A perfect session for those who want to hit lots of improvement areas within an hour.

Sample Day 6

Steady Endurance/Base ride.
Power should remain between 55-70% of FTP the entire time.
Aim to keep between 75-85% of LTHR

This is a ride that can be out doors OR indoors

If done inside, you can play OPEN 60/OPEN 30 and adjust the intensity to 64-81%

Another option is to select any Video of a similar length, ignore the power targets (meaning running slope mode for those with smart trainers) holding power between 55-70% of FTP and only following the Cadence and Stand/Sit prompts in the video