Advanced Cycling / Non-4DP / Designed for Strength Training

Average Weekly Training Hours 06:33
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 06:33
Training Load By Week

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.
* Want to incorporate The Sufferfest Strength Training Programme into their plan.

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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Sample Day -56
1:57:00
101.1TSS
ISLAGIATT @80%

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

Who needs the alps when you have this abomination of climbing? If you're looking to churn out enough tempo work to make the domestiques at team sky look twice this is the one for you. Believe it or not, packing so much tempo into 2.5 hours gives this session the same endurance building power as a 5 hour “Zone 2” ride. That being said, tempo efforts burn through more carbohydrates than endurance pace, so don't forget to eat during this epic ascent.

Sample Day -48
1:44:00
130TSS
Blender

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

A smorgasbord of Suffering, this session has it all. Originally created in Coach Sir Neal Henderson's Penn State dorm room in 1992, it's his preferred weapon of choice for bringing the pain (shakes). What's in the Blender? First, a variety of longer efforts that build sustained power while also making sure you're sufficiently fatigued. This initial beatdown is necessary to ensure you get the maximum benefit from Blender's infamous 'Pain Shakes.' Three sets of these little devils help you develop a supernatural ability to recover from big efforts. The bonus is that you also beef up your ability to produce high-end power, building AC and MAP at the same time. The threshold efforts at the end are the bitter cherry on the sundae, improving your body's ability to produce aerobic power and helping make sure your FTP will get the same boost as your AC and MAP. A rising tide of lactic acid raises all boats. Oh, and clocking in at an hour and 40 minutes, Blender will also help whip your endurance into a frenzy.

Sample Day -28
1:31:00
78TSS
To Get To The Other Side

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

While you might think the only way to improve your FTP is to ride at, or above, your existing FTP, that isn't always the case. You body can only handle so much time above FTP in any given week (or month for that matter). But that doesn’t mean you should just sit around doing nothing the rest of the time.

Your body is most efficient at clearing out lactate and other metabolic byproducts at 80-95% of FTP. This is one of the few sessions where you can consistently sit at that intensity and let your body churn away at this nice efficient effort level. It's the ideal workout to end a hard, three-day block or to add in during a rest week. It will give your body a little training stimulus while still allowing it to recover from whatever tortures you've recently put it through.

Sample Day -15
1:00:00
38TSS
Cadence Builds **After Strength**

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 -11
0:30:00
8TSS
Recovery Spin **After Strength**

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

Sample Day -6
0:49:00
41.2TSS
The Wretched @70%

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

This session is not for the faint of heart, or for those with fatigued legs! With large continuous blocks above threshold, and the only “recovery” coming in the form of tempo efforts (but only after massive surges), you need to bring your A game to make it through this one. Actually, bring your A+ game.

With so much time right at or above threshold you really push your ability to efficiently produce aerobic power to its limit - the key to a quality FTP session (when you are fresh). All that time above threshold, those large surges and that inadequate recovery also punishes your AC and MAP harder than other “FTP” sessions.

Sample Day 1
1:04:00
96.3TSS
Hell Hath No Fury

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

This takes one of the oldest FTP building workouts, the 2 x 20, and makes it exciting! Forcing your body to churn out power right below, at and just above threshold for 20 minutes at a time dramatically improves your ability to generate sustainable power. It's great for building that FTP (unless you have an unusually low MAP...in which case you're going to struggle!) By itself, the 5 minute effort at the end would not be much to deal with, but after churning out threshold power for 40 minutes, hitting this 5 min effort at 100% will ensure you stress your MAP enough to give this session a slight edge on other “FTP Builder” workouts.