12 Weeks to Crushing the Local Group Ride (Power, HR, RPE)

Average Weekly Training Hours 09:26
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 09:26
Training Load By Week

Let's face it, this is the part most of us love about cycling: crushing our weekly group rides. Well, here is the plan for you! This 12-week plan was designed by Tim Cusick, Training Peaks WKO4 product leader and master coach of multiple world and national champions, including the current ITT world champion Amber Neben. It's geared toward the competitive cyclist who has some foundation training in place but wants structure and guidance to get faster and stronger in a short period of time. The plan is built with the Coggan Classic Training Levels and includes power, heart rate, and perceived exertion. All our plans come with predicted TSS and structured ongoing testing, and they include the all-new progressive, fatigue resistance, intensive, and extensive workouts! Our training plans are so powerful you won't need a coach. Ride your best this season and CRUSH your buddies! Questions? Not sure if this is the plan for you? Contact Coach Kathy Watts at kathy@velociouscyclingadventures.com.

Sample Day 2
1:30:00
85TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/TEMPO CCZ2

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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MS1:
1 x 30-Minute Tempo Interval
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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MS2:
Ride remaining prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: End (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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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW: Z1/HR: Zone 1/PE: 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 3
1:15:00
75TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HC 5 MIN SPEED DRILLS CCZ2

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: 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.
CADENCE DRILLS: 1 x 60 minutes of 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: Z1/HR: Zone 1/PE: 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 4
1:30:00
85TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/FR TEMPO CCZ2

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 30-40 minutes of 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 5
0:45:00
20TSS
Active Recovery CiZ1

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 6
2:00:00
105TSS
DAY 1 VO2MAX TESTING CCTEST

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
MS1:
3 x 90-second opener intervals
TARGET: VO2Max (PW Z5/HR Z5/REP 6-7)
REST: 3 minutes between of easy riding after first two, then 3-5 minutes after last interval to recover before MS2.
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MS2: 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.
Ride all remaining time in your Endurance zone.
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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 7
2:00:00
105TSS
DAY 2 FTP TESTING CCTEST

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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MS1:
3 x 90-Second Opener Intervals
TARGET: VO2Max (PW Z5/HR Z5/REP 6-7)
REST: 3 minutes between of easy riding after first two, then 3-5 minutes after last interval to recover before MS2.
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MS2: 20-Minute Time Trial
Try to do this on a road that is fairly flat and allows you to put out strong, steady power for the entire 20-minute effort. Don’t start too hard! You can do this on a steady climb or into a headwind to help produce steady power throughout the 20-minute effort. Once complete, spin easy for 10 minutes in Z2 Endurance Zone. Your FTP is the power average for the 20-minute effort minus 3-5%.
Ride all remaining time in your Endurance zone.
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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 9
1:30:00
CLASSIC SST INTERVALS 2 x 20 Min CCZ4

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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MS1:
2 x 20-minute Sweet Spot Intervals (SSI)
TARGET: Sweet Spot (PW Z3.5/HR Z3.5/RPE 5-7)
REST: 5 minutes easy riding between
CADENCE: Self selected but do not let cadence drop as you fatigue
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling (or steady, low-grade climb if available)
Ride all remaining time in your Endurance zone.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW: Z1/HR: Zone 1/PE: 2-3
Cadence: small chain ring

Tim Cusick
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Velocious Endurance Coaching

As the TrainingPeaks WKO4 Product Leader and co-owner of Velocious Endurance Coaching, Tim brings a wealth of experience to his coaching clients. His expertise in training, racing, and data analytics, he offers a unique, data-driven approach as he guides clients to performance success. Tim currently coaches current ITT world champion Amber Neben, Road Pro Emma Grant, MTB pros Zdenek Vobecky, and numerous other professional and select age group racers.