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

Average Weekly Training Hours 05:41
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 05:41
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 fewer than an average of 11 hours/week in the previous ~3 months.
* Have up to 10 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.
* Want to incorporate The Sufferfest Strength Training Programme into their plan.

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.

Not using The Sufferfest app? Try it free for 7 days: http://thesuf.com/letsgo

Sample Day 1
0:10:00
Add Strength

Before selecting which Level of SUFSTR you want to add to this Strength Optimized Training Plan check out what we recommend based on your previous strength training experience thesuf.com/ChooseYourLevel

Those going with the Beginner series will want to follow this link
thesuf.com/BeginnerSUFSTR

Those going with the Intermediate series will want to follow this link
thesuf.com/IntermediateSUFSTR

When applying your Strength Plan onto this existing plan it is very important that the selected "Start Date" for both plans are the same date. For most people we recommend starting these plans on a Monday.

Sample Day 1
0:15:00
Add 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!

Recovery Booster

Loosen Neck and Shoulders

Yoga in Couchlandria: The Office

Sample Day 1
0:06:00
Train Your Brain: Add Mental Toughness to your Plan

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:
thesuf.com/MTP12wk

Sample Day 2
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 2
0:10:00
Have Questions About What to Expect From SUFSTR?

Then check out this extensive FAQ
thesuf.com/SUFSTRFAQ

Sample Day 3
1:04:00
70TSS
Hell Hath No Fury **Reduced Intensity 85%**

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.

Sample Day 3
0:05:00
Know Your Resources

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:
thesuf.com/Training101

You can find more in-depth articles on multiple training topics here:
thesuf.com/TrainingResources