Six Weeks to the Boulder Roubaix - Intermediate

Average Weekly Training Hours 08:25
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 08:25
Training Load By Week

Boulder Roubaix 6 Week Training Plan to prepare for being as fast as you possibly can by April 6th!

This training plan will prepare you for the Boulder Roubaix’s constantly rolling race course. To get you ready for this race, your mid-week training will consist of VO2’s, anaerobic work and the creme de la crème, Tabata Intervals! You’ll also stay sharp with Sweet Spot, Threshold, and Tempo intervals, to maintain and build a powerful aerobic engine.

Choose between a basic, intermediate or advanced plan (see our FAQ below for more details) specific to how much time you have to train each week, your age and your ability level. For example Masters 50+ and Cat 4/5’s choose the Basic Plan (4-8 hours per week), Cat 3’s and 40+ Masters choose the Intermediate Plan (8-12 hours per week) and all else the gran poo-bah plan, Advanced for those athletes that have 12+ hours to train each week and are Pro 1/2 or want to be!

On the weekends you’ll go long because the Boulder Roubaix ain’t gonna ride itself! Thus the Sweet Spot Group Rides. We’ve even included the Louisville Criterium and the CSU Road Race as a tune up races the weekends before. This plan also includes dirt specific notes to make sure you are ready for anything on race day. To ensure that you’re training at the proper efforts, we’ve included the FasCat Wattage and Heart Rate Zones Sheet with a 20 minute Field Test that you’ll do at the start and end of this plan so you can measure your improvement and keep your training zones accurate!

Additionally, 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!
This Intermediate plan is for the rider with 1-1.5 hours a day to ride during during the week and 2-5.5 hours on the weekend.

Sample Day -2
1:00:00
66.7TSS
Field Test: 20 minuter

20 Min Threshold Effort up a climb or on an uninterrupted stretch of flat road to determine training zones
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For more info:
https://www.fascatcoaching.com/tips/a-20-minute-power-based-field-test/
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http://velonews.competitor.com/2009/02/coaches-panel/coach-frank-overton-tells-what-to-do-with-your-new-power-meter_87556
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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.
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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 -1
1:15:00
62.2TSS
Tempo 3 x 12 minutes

3 x 12 minutes ON (zone 3) 6 minutes OFF
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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:
https://fascatcoaching.com/tips/tempo-training/

Sample Day 0
1:15:00
74.5TSS
Zone 5/VO2 Max: 3 minuters

1 sets of 3 x 3 minutes ON 3 minutes OFF
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How To Perform VO2Max Intervals Properly:
https://www.fascatcoaching.com/tips/vo2-max-intervals/
The Right WAY and WRONG WAY:
https://www.fascatcoaching.com/tips/how-to-perform-intervals-properly-using-your-powermeter/
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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

Warm up and cool down in Zones 1/2.

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
53.5TSS
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 5
1:00:00
64.2TSS
Zone 6: 2 sets of 4x1 min ON, 1 min OFF

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

Sample Day 6
1:00:00
57.3TSS
Zone 5/VO2: 4 minuters

2 sets of 2 x 4 minutes ON 4 minutes OFF; 8 min b/w sets
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How To Perform VO2Max Intervals Properly:
https://www.fascatcoaching.com/tips/vo2-max-intervals/
The Right WAY and WRONG WAY:
https://www.fascatcoaching.com/tips/how-to-perform-intervals-properly-using-your-powermeter/
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Sample Day 34
1:30:00
87.6TSS
Hill Work: 3 x 5 Full Gas!

Steep Hill Work: Race Simulation
3x5 min ON, 5 min OFF FULL GAS! Find a steep hill if available (>8%)

FasCat Coaching
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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.