Cat 2 Road Racer, Base 2, Heart Rate Based

Average Weekly Training Hours 12:54
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 12:54
Training Load By Week

This is the second Base training plan for Cat 2 cyclists. This Block continues to build your endurance base whilst focusing on increasing your pedal efficiency as well as develop your basic leg strength.

Sample Day 2
0:55:00
25.8TSS
1 Legged Pedalling

This workout aims to improve the efficiency of each pedal stroke by practicing applying pressure to throughout the whole pedal stroke.

Warm Up:

Begin the workout with 20minutes of Zone 2 riding.  Use your preferred cadence and get comfortable on the bike

Main Set:

Perform 5 reps of the following.
30 seconds left leg only pedalling
30second right leg only pedalling.
4 minutes zone 2 riding focusing on pedalling whole pedal stroke.

During the 1 legged pedal efforts focus on eliminating any dead spots in your pedal stroke, keeping the chain and freewheel engaged throughout.

Keep this focus up during the 4 minutes in both legs.

Cool Down:

10 minutes of Zone 1 riding.

Sample Day 3
2:00:00
58.3TSS
Zone 2 Endurance Ride

Endurance Ride today.  The goal here is to get miles in the legs and enjoy the ride. These rides are best done with company, but non-competitive company.  If the pace is too high to keep in Zone 2 drop off the back and do your own ride.

Warm up with 20minutes of lower Zone 2 riding.

Main set

Stick to Zone 2 throughout ride.  Effort can be towards top end of Zone 2.  For climbs effort may rise out of Zone 2 but do not try to push up the climbs, take them easy and spin the legs.

Sample Day 4
0:55:00
25.8TSS
1 Legged Pedalling

This workout aims to improve the efficiency of each pedal stroke by practicing applying pressure to throughout the whole pedal stroke.

Warm Up:

Begin the workout with 20minutes of Zone 2 riding.  Use your preferred cadence and get comfortable on the bike

Main Set:

Perform 5 reps of the following.
30 seconds left leg only pedalling
30second right leg only pedalling.
4 minutes zone 2 riding focusing on pedalling whole pedal stroke.

During the 1 legged pedal efforts focus on eliminating any dead spots in your pedal stroke, keeping the chain and freewheel engaged throughout.

Keep this focus up during the 4 minutes in both legs.

Cool Down:

10 minutes of Zone 1 riding.

Sample Day 5
2:30:00
73.3TSS
Endurance ride with Low Cadence Force Reps on hills

In today's ride you will focus on riding in Zone 2 to build your endurance for the majority of the ride.

Pick a rolling route that offers a few short climbs, no longer than 1km and preferably less than 10% gradient.  On this climbs select a gear that allows you to push up the climb with a cadence of 44-55rpm at just below threshold. 

These efforts will help develop strength in your legs that will enable you to push harder on the pedals at higher cadences.

Sample Day 6
3:00:00
88.3TSS
Zone 2 Endurance Ride

Endurance Ride today.  The goal here is to get miles in the legs and enjoy the ride. These rides are best done with company, but non-competitive company.  If the pace is too high to keep in Zone 2 drop off the back and do your own ride.

Warm up with 20minutes of lower Zone 2 riding.

Main set

Stick to Zone 2 throughout ride.  Effort can be towards top end of Zone 2.  For climbs effort may rise out of Zone 2 but do not try to push up the climbs, take them easy and spin the legs.

Sample Day 7
4:00:00
118.3TSS
Zone 2 Endurance Ride

Endurance Ride today.  The goal here is to get miles in the legs and enjoy the ride. These rides are best done with company, but non-competitive company.  If the pace is too high to keep in Zone 2 drop off the back and do your own ride.

Warm up with 20minutes of lower Zone 2 riding.

Main set

Stick to Zone 2 throughout ride.  Effort can be towards top end of Zone 2.  For climbs effort may rise out of Zone 2 but do not try to push up the climbs, take them easy and spin the legs.

Sample Day 9
0:55:00
25.8TSS
1 Legged Pedalling

This workout aims to improve the efficiency of each pedal stroke by practicing applying pressure to throughout the whole pedal stroke.

Warm Up:

Begin the workout with 20minutes of Zone 2 riding.  Use your preferred cadence and get comfortable on the bike

Main Set:

Perform 5 reps of the following.
30 seconds left leg only pedalling
30second right leg only pedalling.
4 minutes zone 2 riding focusing on pedalling whole pedal stroke.

During the 1 legged pedal efforts focus on eliminating any dead spots in your pedal stroke, keeping the chain and freewheel engaged throughout.

Keep this focus up during the 4 minutes in both legs.

Cool Down:

10 minutes of Zone 1 riding.

Dan Hustwayte

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10 years of experience in endurance performance.
Master's Degree in Sport and Exercise Physiology
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Cycling Coach
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