Intervals for Road & Criterium Racing - Intermediate

Average Weekly Training Hours 06:42
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 06:42
Training Load By Week

Get race ready for the road season with our Road & Criterium Intervals Training Plan! You'll get your sprint on with VO2 and anaerobic intervals during the week that you can ride on the trainer or outside on the road. There's even some yummy Tabatas to really make you fast! The weekends balance out all of that intensity with longer rides at lower efforts and the option for group rides so you can work your pack skills too. You'll start and finish the 6 weeks with a Field Test to set your training zones via the included FasCat Wattage and Heart Rate Zones Sheet. This way you'll be sure to ride at the correct efforts and you can measure your improvement too! Plus, 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. This Intermediate plan is for the rider with 1-1.5 hours a day to ride during during the week and 1-3 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 3
1:15:00
68.1TSS
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 4
1:15:00
85.5TSS
Zone 5/VO2 Max: 3 minuters

2 sets of 3 x 3 minutes ON 3 minutes OFF; 6 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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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 6
1:30:00
87.9TSS
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 7
2:00:00
95.2TSS
Endurance Zone 2 ~ 100 TSS

Zone 2 is your all day pace - the foundation of your aerobic engine. Choose flat roads for consistent pedalling (avoid prolonged downhill sections and sustained climbs)
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For More Information, please Read:
https://www.fascatcoaching.com/tips/training-zones/
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Zone 2 = 56 - 75% of your FTP & 69 - 83% of your Threshold Heart Rate

Sample Day 9
1:00:00
75.3TSS
Zone 6: 2 sets of 3x1 min ON, 1 min OFF

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

Sample Day 10
1:00:00
70.1TSS
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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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.