Phil's Strava PR Plan for Segments < 15 minutes - Intermediate

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Phil's Strava PR Plan for Segments < 15 minutes - Intermediate


Frank Overton of FasCat Coaching

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7 Weeks

Typical Week

5 Bike, 1 Day Off, 1 Strength, 1 Other

Longest Workout

3:00 hrs

Plan Specs

cycling road cycling intermediate masters time goal power based hr based tss based

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Phil's Strava PR Plan for Segments < 15 minutes

Follow the same plan and principles that FasCat Athlete Phil Gaimon is using to exert social justice on Strava. While he's going for KOM's you can get a PR and/or KOM('s) with this 6 week plan.

Choose a Basic, Intermediate or Advanced plan based on how much time you have to train, your age and ability level. No matter which plan you choose, you'll 'enjoy' all the nastiness that makes Phil faster: Tabatas, VO2's, 1 minuters and even threshold work specific to Strava segments/KOM's < 15 minutes. You'll be riding 4-8 hours a week with intervals and hours progressing through the 6 weeks. You'll perform a Strava "Field Test" at the beginning, middle and the end of the plan so you can measure your improvement and get that PR and/or KOM.

This plan is specific to segments less than or equal 15 minutes, thus includes alot of VO2, Anaerobic, and short threshold work. For segments > 15 minutes please select the "> 15 minutes plan" as that plan will focus more on threshold training with sweet spot training to back it up.

This plan includes all the "marginal gains" details to get even faster: Recovery Techniques, Rest Days, Yoga, Foundations, and best of all, Strength and Conditioning - all you need is a physical therapy style rubber band and MOTIVATION! There are instructional videos in the plan for you to follow along at home. You'll perform structured interval work during the week with the option to join group rides on the weekends which makes this plan great for days when it's too dark or cold to ride outside before or after work!


Training Load By Week
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 07:55

FasCat Coaching

FasCat Coaching

FasCat has over 14 years of experience coaching road mountain cyclocross and multisport athletes, mostly between of 30 - 60 years old. "Working men and women" that need balance and flexibility for whatever life throws at them. Before we design any training program we consult with the athlete first - how much time do you have to train - what do you have coming up?

We coach thru a custom designed training plan, monitor your progress thru your data and give feedback based on our expertise.

Sample Day 1

Threshold: Field Test Openers 2 x 3 minutes

Pre Test Openers. After a 10 - 15 minute warm up in low zone 2, Complete 2 x 3 minutes in Zone 4. Rest for 2 minutes between. Rest of ride easy Zone 2.

Sample Day 2

Field Test: 20 minuter/ Strava KOM & PR attempt

20 Min Threshold Effort up a climb or on an uninterrupted stretch of flat road to determine training zones
For more info:
Find an uninterrupted stretch of road, free from stop signs/lights or longer descents. This needs to be a repeatable effort as you may test throughout the season.
Your goal is to put out the most power you can over 20 minutes, but also to be smooth & consistent as you perform the effort. Don't blow up in the first few minutes! Ask me for wattage pacing guidelines.

Sample Day 3

Zone 5/VO2 Max: 3 minuters

2 sets of 3 x 3 minutes ON 3 minutes OFF; 6 min b/w sets
How To Perform VO2Max Intervals Properly:
The Right WAY and WRONG WAY:
Choose a flat to slightly uphill stretch of road that lasts at LEAST 3 minutes. Go back and forth if its a hill or continue on if flat-ish. Avoid downhill sections during the intervals

Warm up and cool down in Zones 1/2.

Sample Day 4

Tempo 3 x 12 minutes

3 x 12 minutes ON (zone 3) 6 minutes OFF
Perform the Intervals by riding between 76-90% of your FTP. You should feel like you are working but not "suffering"
For More Information Please Read:

Sample Day 6

Strava Hunting

Choose your favorite Strava Segment ride to it in Zone 2 [or as easy as possible] and go for your PR. Full Gas as hard as you can.
This is a ONE time maximal effort: aka need to go lay in a ditch afterwards :)

Sample Day 7

Zone 6: 2 sets of 5x30 seconds ON, 1 min OFF

Complete these intervals at FULL GAS! Warm up and cool down in Zones 1/2.

Sample Day 9

Zone 5/VO2: 4 minuters

2 sets of 2 x 4 minutes ON 4 minutes OFF; 8 min b/w sets
How To Perform VO2Max Intervals Properly:
The Right WAY and WRONG WAY:

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