This training plan was designed by APEX Coaching for cyclists who:
* Have taken the Full Frontal fitness test in The Sufferfest app.
* Have a Primary Weakness of 'Sustained Efforts' 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
This plan is designed to suit the time-crunched athlete, with the majority of weekday workouts under 60 minutes and longer weekend rides outdoors. Outdoor workouts are built using the TrainingPeaks Workout Builder, meaning they can be exported to compatible cycling computers or fitness devices.
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 Full Frontal fitness test.
Not using The Sufferfest app? Try it free for 7 days: http://thesuf.com/letsgo
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
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.
Endurance exercise is equal parts physical and mental, so why only train half of the equation?
Go into the "Mental Training" activities tab and take 6 minutes to complete "Intro to the Sufferfest Mental Training Program"
Even if you had no intention of adding Mental Training to your daily to-do list, give this first part a listen, you might just be surprised!
If you decide you want to up your Mental Game (and why wouldn't you?) you can add the Mental Training Program into TrainingPeaks by following this link:
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!
You can find answers to most questions you might have here:
You can find more in-depth articles on multiple training topics here:
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!
The “Planned” values found in our app and in TrainingPeaks are based on the workout files that only use FTP, which does not necessarily match up with the power targets you were actually given in the video.
For some riders, you will regularly see IF values well above “planned” and for others, you will regularly see IF values well below “planned”. It's OK, don't worry. Keep calm and Suffer on.
If you want to learn more, you can read up on how 4DP impacts TSS and IF here: thesuf.com/4DPandTSS
If you want to dive even deeper into this target you can read more here
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
Chores. They're rarely glamorous, almost never fun, and more often than not you need a hot shower and a long nap afterwards. Sort of like this workout. If you want a 'do-it-all' session, that will maintain and improve nearly every aspect of your fitness, then you're in the right place. Each set combines a series of 40 second efforts and 20 second recoveries with a sustained effort just below Threshold. The benefits are substantial. First: with such short recoveries between hard efforts, you'll pretty much empty your anaerobic fuel tank by the end of each set. This obviously develops your AC, but as your body is forced to rely more and more on your ability to produce power aerobically as your AC empties it gives your maximal aerobic (MAP) a real shove. As your body shifts from AC to MAP and begins producing almost all power from oxygen, the workout puts you into a sustained effort just below threshold. These same sustained threshold efforts when fresh would be a piece of cake, but by starting them deep in the red you will find them to be much more difficult than you might think. These efforts will push you right to the edge, but never over, so dig in deep and get your chores done!