This plan is designed to prepare you for the 2019 Tour of Sufferlandria (Feb 2-10).
It includes the Tour stages, as well as a post-Tour Full Frontal fitness test on February 24.
Choose this plan if you:
* Have NOT taken the 4DP Full Frontal fitness test, or you prefer to train with RPE (Relative Perceived Exertion) or FTP-based targets.
* 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(including yoga and mental toughness)
This plan includes Yoga for Cyclists and Mental Toughness sessions to provide you with comprehensive training on and off the bike.
You can (and should) add The Sufferfest Strength Training for Cyclists programme to this plan. Choose either the Beginner or Intermediate progressions designed to integrate with the ToS Prep plans. Be sure to select the Strength Training plan that corresponds with the level of your cycling plan (Novice/Intermediate or Advanced).
Not using The Sufferfest app? Try it free for 7 days: http://thesuf.com/letsgo
Then check out this extensive FAQ
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
Those going with the Intermediate series will want to follow this link
You will notice the SUFSTR Plan you add to your ToS Prep Plan extends beyond the 2019 ToS Dates. We have done this so you can simply add one of our strength integrated plans at the end of this one without having to make any adjustments.
If you’re spending a lot of time sitting down in an office, stiffness, tension and soreness can creep into your body. That can affect your performance on the bike. This routine will counteract the damage done at the desk and ensure your body is ready to Suffer properly once you get on the bike.
Gain clarity on who you are as an athlete and what your major goal—your ‘Personal Mt. Sufferlandria—really is.
Need the MTP Workbook? Get it here: https://thesuf.com/MTPWbook
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!
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:
If you were eating lunch, eight minutes wouldn't seem like a lot of time. If you were on a beach, it would be cruel to only be there for eight minutes. But during the eight minute climbs in Angels, you'll swear to every god you can think of that it's never going to end. The focus on lower cadences and power targets near or above FTP make this session perfect for improving your ability to crush shorter climbs. The longer efforts are designed to target your sustained aerobic system, which is great for improving FTP. They're also just short— and difficult—enough that you can drive improvements in MAP.