Zwift Gran Fondo and Metric Century - 12 Weeks to Victory

Author

Tim Cusick

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Length

12 Weeks

Typical Week

1 Day Off, 1 Other, 6 Bike

Longest Workout

3:00 hrs

Plan Specs

cycling indoor intermediate advanced masters power based hr based tss based

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Zwift Gran Fondo or Metric Century: 12 Weeks to Victory


written by Tim Cusick, TrainingPeaks WKO product leader and master coach with Velocious Cycling Adventures

WKO structured plan

Plan overview
Train with the coach of national and world ITT champion Amber Neben! This 12-week plan will prepare you for your upcoming gran fondo or other endurance event. Whether you're trying to win a Zwift race or preparing for an outdoor event, this plan will prepare you for the challenge and lots more.

The plan is designed for the intermediate/advanced cyclist who already has a general base fitness and is ready to step up the hours, time, and intensity to prepare for this exciting event. This comprehensive training plan uses classic training levels and is designed for use with power, heart rate, and/or perceived exertion. It contains three specific training cycles with testing throughout and an event taper at the end that can all be done while riding with your virtual friends on Zwift.

The workouts are structured and can be automatically loaded to Zwift, as well as Garmin, ErgVideo, TrainerRoad, Computrainer, and more, so that you can see your workout and interval numbers right on your device.

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- Instruction sheet (attached to the first day of the plan)
- Testing protocol
- Coaching tips and comments

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Stats

Training Load By Week
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 09:07

Tim Cusick

Velocious Endurance Coaching

Tim Cusick is the TrainingPeaks WKO4 product leader and the owner of Velocious Endurance Coaching. His expertise in training, racing, and data analytics offers a unique approach to training that guides his clients to amazing success. He currently coaches world champion Amber Neben, road pro Emma Grant, and numerous other pros and age group racers. Tim has 100 plans in all cycling disciplines! Need help picking a plan? Fill out our survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/bkGSAYA9VzV9tsq22.

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Sample Day 1

1:30:00
70TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HC 5 MIN SPEED DRILLS

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: Endurance (PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
CADENCE DRILLS: 1 x 60 minutes of alternating high cadence (95+ rpm) for 5 minutes and self-selected cadence for 5 minutes.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 1

1:00:00
Alternative WO - FTP- Test - 5 Min & 20 Min

WU:
Warm up for 15-20 minutes of riding in your solid Endurance zone. Include 3 x 1-minute fast pedals at over 120 rpm to really warm up legs.
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MS: Today we're going to test your VO2Max and FTP power. Once warmed up, start an interval and go as hard as you can for 5 minutes. This is an all-out effort and will be used to set your VO2max zones. Soft pedal for 5 minutes, then go on to MS2.
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MS2: Next is an FTP test. Make sure you're fully recovered from your 5-minute effort; soft pedal another 5-10 minutes if needed. Once recovered, start your lap and drill it for 20 minutes. Spend the first 3-5 minutes at a watts target just below what you think your FTP is, then give it all you have!!
Ride all remaining time in your Endurance zone.
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CD:
Ride 15 minutes at a very easy pace.

Sample Day 2

1:30:00
80TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/FR TEMPO

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Zone 2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: Endurance (PW Z2/HR Zone 2/PE 4-5)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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MS2: For the last 30 minutes of the ride, pick up the effort to solid tempo zone.
TARGET: Tempo (PW Z3/HR Z3/RPE 4-5)
CADENCE: 1 gear harder/slower RPM than normal self selection; target 75 RPM.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Zone 1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 3

1:30:00
70TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HC 5 MIN SPEED DRILLS

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: Endurance (PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
CADENCE DRILLS: 1 x 60 minutes of alternating high cadence (95+ rpm) for 5 minutes and self-selected cadence for 5 minutes.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 4

1:00:00
25TSS
Active Recovery

You get faster when you're resting and recovering, not when you're working hard! Rest days are about going easy enough to really allow your legs to recover, so no efforts over Level/Zone 1 today. Take it easy.

Sample Day 5

1:30:00
82.9TSS
ENDURANCE W/BURSTS (10 x 20)

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone. Throughout the ride, complete 10 Attack Sprints of 15-25 seconds (PW Z6/HR Z6/PE 7+)
TARGET: Endurance (PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5)
CADENCE: 85-105 RPM
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 6

1:30:00
68.2TSS
PROGRESSIVE ENDURANCE RIDE

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Endurance Ride, progressive effort. Break the ride down into 3 equal time segments. Begin ride at the lower end of the endurance zone and increase effort (avg power or avg HR) each segment, ending the ride with the hardest effort for the last segment.
TARGET: Endurance (PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 3-4)
CADENCE: Self selected. To make this more challenging, increase avg RPM with each segment along with effort.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

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