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8.4 Full Season Mountain Bike - WKO iLevels - 8-12 hours/week - MTB

Author

Tim Cusick - Coach of World and National Champions

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Length

26 Weeks

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Plan Description

Full Season Mountain Bike Plan with iLevels


written by Tim Cusick, TrainingPeaks WKO Product Leader and master coach with Velocious Cycling Adventures


WKO iLevels training plan


Our WKO power-duration-based iLevels plans will make the difference in your training this season.

This 26-week plan was created by Tim Cusick, coach of national and world ITT champion Amber Neben, to progressively get you fitter throughout your off season and build into the current season. The plan assumes you have taken some time off the bike and offers two warmup weeks at the beginning of the plan to get you back in the saddle.


This plan combines three separate plans (Winter Base 1 and 2 and Spring Builder), all using WKO and the Power-Duration Curve. Your workout prescription will be individualized based on your data, following the Power-Duration Curve as you gain fitness. iLevel plans are for the serious, competitive, power-training cyclist. Whether you’re racing or getting ready for a big event, these plans will give you all the tools you need to kick start your season.


To use this plan, you will need to have a power meter and the TrainingPeaks WKO software (if you don't have WKO or if you don't train with power, you can still get these cutting-edge workouts and plans; just search for the Classic versions). This plan uses the advanced iLevels training protocol developed by Dr. Andy Coggan and the new training metrics available in WKO, like FTP/FRC, FRC, and PMAX. Learn more about WKO or watch Coach Cusick’s free educational WKO webinars.


These plans use the cutting-edge workouts that Tim prescribes for his pro athletes, with focus on fatigue resistance, intensive and extensive workouts, and increasing your Time to Exhaustion (TTE), Stamina, and FRC (functional work capacity). Includes predicted TSS and ongoing testing. Our full-season plans include a free Functional Strength eBook and a sports nutrition tips eBook.


Included with your plan

- Instruction booklet (attached to the first day of the plan)
- Testing protocol
- Coaching comments and tips
- Tim Cusick's functional strength training program eBook
- Nutrition tips eBook from Anne Guzman


More plans

Tim Cusick has written dozens of training plans for many different areas of cycling: road, gravel, time trial, mountain bike, cyclocross, indoor training, and more. Click here for a full list of his current plans by sport type and click here for a comparison chart of his major plans.


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Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
10:04 hrs 4:00 hrs
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
10:04 hrs 4:00 hrs
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Training Load By Week


This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter

All supported devices

Tim Cusick

Velocious Endurance Coaching

Tim Cusick is the TrainingPeaks WKO product leader, the owner of Velocious Endurance Coaching, and the leader of BaseCamp. 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, Rebecca Rusch, and other pros and racers. Over 100 plans for all cycling disciplines. Need help picking a plan? Fill out our survey: https://goo.gl/forms/bkGSAYA9VzV9tsq22.

Sample Day 1

1:00:00
50TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HIGH CADENCE DRILLS

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

Sample Day 2

1:00:00
50TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW: iLevel Z2
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: PW: iLevel 2
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW: iLevel Z1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 3

1:00:00
50TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HIGH CADENCE DRILLS

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW: iLevel Z2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 min Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: Endurance (PW iLevel Z2)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
CADENCE DRILLS: 1 x 60 minutes alternating high cadence (HC) for 5 minutes (95+ rpm) and self selected cadence for 5 minutes.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW: iLevel Z1
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 iLevel 1 today. Take it easy and look at the scenery.

Sample Day 5

1:30:00
75TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/TEMPO

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW: iLevel Z2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS1:
1 x 20 Minute Tempo Interval
TARGET: Tempo (PW iLevel Z3)
CADENCE: 1 gear harder/slower rpm than normal self selection; target 75 rpm.
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MS2:
Ride remaining prescribed time in Endurance Zone
TARGET: Endurance (PW iLevel Z2)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW: iLevel Z1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 6

1:30:00
75TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HC 1 MIN SPEED DRILLS

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW: iLevel Z2
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 iLevel Z2)
CADENCE: 85-105 RPM. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
CADENCE DRILLS: 10 x 1 min high cadence (HC) speed pedaling (110+ RPM), leaving 1-2 minutes between HC efforts
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW: iLevel Z1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 8

1:00:00
55TSS
DAY 1 VO2MAX TESTING CiTEST

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW iLevel Z2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1-minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS1:
3 x 90 Second Opener Intervals
TARGET: FTP/FRC (PW iLevel 5)
REST: 3 minutes easy riding between/after first two, then 3-5 minutes after last interval to recover before MS2.
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MS1: 5-Minute Hard Effort
This 5-minute effort should be done at maximum. Start the effort at a high pace, but not so hard that you cannot finish strong. Really hammer out the last 45 seconds. The goal is to generate a max 5-minute VO2Max test.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW: iLevel Z1
CADENCE: small chain ring

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