This training plan was designed by APEX Coaching for athletes and enthusiasts who...
* Have NOT taken the Full Frontal fitness test OR for those who wish to base their training on RPE / FTP-based metrics
* Have previous experience with structured training plan or have been riding consistently for more than 2 years
* Have trained more than an average of 10 hours/week in the previous ~3 months
* Have up to 12 hours/week they can dedicate to training (but often less) over the course of the next ~3 months
* Have a burning desire to CRUSH their goals by putting in a maximum amount of effort in a minimum amount of time
This plan is designed to suit the time-crunched athlete, with the majority of 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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Very easy ride
Resist the temptation to go harder or faster.
Power should remain under 50% of FTP the entire time, and Heart Rate should never go above Z1
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
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!
Loosen Neck and Shoulders
Yoga in Couchlandria: The Office
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.
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
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!
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
- Neuromuscular Power (NM - 5 second): ✭✩✩✩✩
- Anaerobic Capacity (AC - 1 minute): ✭✩✩✩✩
- Maximal Aerobic Power (MAP- 5 minute): ✭✭✩✩✩
- Functional Threshold Power (FTP - 20 minute): ✭✭✭✭✭
You've got the leader's jersey, but then disaster strikes: A crash, an injury and you're forced to defend your position until the end of the race. Can you hang on under a barrage of attacks? Based around four, ten-minute efforts around threshold, Defender is designed to give you the most bang for your buck, or in this case, the most Watts at FTP for your Suffering.
There are both psychological as well as physiological benefits to this tremendous workout. Mentally, Defender will improve your sense of pacing for longer efforts near FTP. That is because each effort starts out above FTP, and since you're fresh you'll feel as though you can hold that pace all day. Every two minutes, the pace gradually declines so you are finishing just below FTP. As the time ticks away, the power targets will drop little by little, but your discomfort will remain about the same. By the fourth effort, you'll be find the same efforts far more difficult than in the first. Bystaying tuned-in to what your body is telling you, you'll learn more about how to manage your efforts around threshold and why it's so important to manage your efforts well at this intensity.
The physiological benefits follow the same lines as those found in Who Dares, or Fight Club. Overloading your legs and lungs with efforts above FTP before settling into efforts right at or right below FTP forces your body to clear out as many metabolites as possible and process as much oxygen as it can. What sets Defender apart is how that overload is delivered. While Who Dares achieves this with short sprints, Defender forces you to spend minutes above FTP before simmering back down. This allows your heart rate and breathing rate to get much closer to what they are during a long steady state threshold effort. This ensures that “overload” comes in as a steady drip, rather than the sudden burst like that in Who Dares. The lower intensity of this overload also changes the types of metabolites produced and the ratios they occur in. Not only does this keep the enzymes in your body focused on aerobic metabolism, your body will also respond with fewer stress hormones. This means you're training your aerobic system by overloading it, but doing so in a way that leaves you more ready to hit tomorrow's training just as hard.
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
You know what we love about you? Your versatility. You can Suffer anywhere, anytime and in any way. That's why Grunter von Agony, Sufferlandrian Team Director, is sending you to compete in The Omnium at the UCI World Track Championships. Over the course of 50 minutes, you'll do battle in the six different races.
No two intervals in this workout are the same, with each one working slightly different variations of NM, AC and MAP. No need for FTP here, my friends! It's the perfect session to improve top-end power without having to do a lot of repetitive efforts.
The scratch race and flying lap have an “easy” enough lead in that you get to put your max sprint to the full test. Add in the standing starts for the Individual Pursuit and Kilo and you give your NM a real run through. The repeated surges of the elimination race, the all out nature of the kilo, and the massive efforts you have to make in the points race really test your powers of recovery while working your AC all the way to the max.
Since the efforts come in quick succession, and with most being over four minutes in length, your cardiovascular system never catches a real break, ensuring your MAP doesn’t get left out of the equation.