KoS Training Plan

Average Weekly Training Hours 09:55
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 09:55
Training Load By Week

This plan is designed for those who will be taking part in the Global Knighthood Challenge on March 24, 2019.

Due to the demands of a Knighthood attempt, (10 Sufferfest sessions back-to-back) this plan is designed for those who have already built up a decent level of fitness through consistent training over the past 6 months.

We would not recommend this plan or a Knighthood attempt to anyone with less than 6 months of training under their belt.


King Arthur had the Round Table. Prince had The Revolution. We have the Knights of Sufferlandria.

The Sufferlandrian Knighthood is one of the most demanding indoor cycling challenges out there: 10 Sufferfest workouts, back-to-back, with a maximum of 10 minutes rest in between. It's a test of endurance, perseverance, and mental strength. Those who complete the Knighthood Challenge earn Honour, Glory, Victory, and the right to call themselves a Knight of Sufferlandria (as well as some sweet decals and a certificate).

This 4-week training plan will get you ready to storm The Castle, progressively building your endurance and your mental game so you can mount a successful Quest.

Get complete information on the Sufferlandrian Knighthood here: https://thesuf.com/knights

Join the Knighthood Quest Planning Committee page on Facebook: https://thesuf.com/QuestPlanning

Sample Day -25
NoVid: Cadence Builds and Holds

This workout is another excellent addition to our "Drills" series. Over the next 45 minutes, you will complete four 30-second cadence builds, and six 60-second high cadence holds. This workout places a considerable demand on your Neuromuscular System, as your muscles are forced to contract and relax as quickly as possible. At the same time, the shorter recovery period between these drills will keep your heart rate, and breathing rate elevated, giving you a great cardiovascular workload.

Let's breakdown the two drills you will be doing.

Cadence Builds: The name of the game here is absolute peak cadence, not peak power. To achieve this, you need to be in a small gear and have very light resistance. Starting at 90-RPM, steadily increase your cadence until you reach your absolute max without about 5-seconds left, and hold that to the end. Your limiting factor on these efforts needs to be leg speed. If resistance/power output is your limiting factor, try starting in an easier gear, or shift into an easier gear 15-seconds in. Bouncing in the saddle is okay for this drill.

Cadence Holds: These efforts require you to maintain the highest cadence you can without starting to bounce in the saddle. For some of you that will be 100-RPM, for others, it will be 150-RPM. The key is to settle into YOUR peak sustainable cadence. Like the Builds, the goal here is not high power, so these efforts are limited to 90% of FTP. Do not be surprised if your heart rate is well into Zone 4 by the time you hit the last few holds.

To properly execute this session, your effort between drills needs to be low. With limited recovery time between these maximal Neuromuscular Efforts, riding above Zone 1 between efforts will only reduce your ability to max out your cadence. While the power targets between are Zone 1, do not be surprised if your heart rate does not drop below Zone 2 after the first couple builds.

* Improved muscle recruitment and firing patterns
* Improved muscle coordination at higher cadences
* Deliver a high Neuromuscular and Cardiovascular load while minimizing the power demands placed on your muscles
* Help you develop a silky smooth pedal stroke

Sample Day -17
The Way Out *Reduced Targets, Read Description*

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

One of the few Sufferfest sessions that can be viewed as a “Sweet-Spot” session since the intervals aren’t above threshold (except for the very end) but are harder than a tempo effort.

This session pushes your body close to the limit of what it can 'comfortably' handle without going any further. Why? Going above threshold causes a considerable amount of hormonal stress that takes a lot of time to recover from. But you don’t actually have to ride above threshold to improve your FTP - the fitness gain between 30 minutes at 90% of threshold and at 102% of threshold is minimal, but the stress on your body from the later is much greater and the recovery much longer.

That is why this session is a key component to any training plan: It gives you enough training stress to help improve your FTP, but remains 'easy' enough that you can do it when you're tired or before a big block of harder efforts.

Sample Day -16
Team Scream

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

Misery Loves Company.

Sample Day -11
The Chores

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

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!

Sample Day -9
Defender *Reduced Targets, Read Description*

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

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.

Sample Day 0

Whether you have power testing, a group ride you want to smash, that event you have been training all winter for, or even just a fun route you want to have a great ride on, this is the perfect session to do the day before.
Unlike other Sufferfest videos, this one should not be viewed as a stand alone “training” session, but rather the ace up your sleeve you get to pull out when that big ride comes around.
The key to this session is just enough time right around threshold, with sufficient recovery between efforts and a handful of sprints to prime all of your systems for tomorrow's event.

Sample Day 1
Mass Knighthood