Cat 2 Road Racer, Base 3, Heart Rate Based

Average Weekly Training Hours 14:09
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 14:09
Training Load By Week

This Training plan is your final pre-season training plan. Designed to continue to add to your aerobic fitness base whilst also improving both your sprinting performance and ability to ride at Threshold.

Sample Day 2
1:30:50
45.3TSS
Basic Sprint Workout within Endurance Ride.

This workout is designed to increase your sprint power and technique.

Warm up:

20 minutes of Zone 2 riding using your preferred cadence.

Main set.

From a rolling start, select a gear that you means you will start your sprint from a cadence of around 90rpm.  Perform a maximum effort sprint for 10 seconds.  Focus on getting low over those bars and driving the bike forwards.

Recover for 5 minutes with Zone 2 riding building to be ready to sprint again.

Repeat 5 times.

After Sprint intervals continue Zone 2 riding to work on your Endurance.

Cool down with 10 minutes of Zone 1 riding.

Sample Day 3
1:30:00
43.3TSS
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
2:00:00
103.3TSS
Basic Muscular Endurance Workout

The goal of this workout is to begin to work on your ability to ride at race pace and improve your FTP.

Warm Up:

20 minutes of zone 2 riding.

Main Set:

Today you will perform 2 20 minute reps of Zone 4 riding.  This is at or just below your FTP.  Use a cadence of 90-100rpm for these intervals.
Recover for 5 minutes between intervals by riding in Zone 1.

Following second recovery period continue with 40 minutes of Zone 2 riding.

Cool down with 10 minutes of Zone 1 riding.

Sample Day 5
1:30:00
43.3TSS
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 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
4:30:00
133.3TSS
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
1:31:20
46.4TSS
Basic Sprint Workout within Endurance Ride.

This workout is designed to increase your sprint power and technique.

This week we will add a second set of 3 sprints to the end of the workout.
Warm up:

20 minutes of Zone 2 riding using your preferred cadence.

Main set.

From a rolling start, select a gear that you means you will start your sprint from a cadence of around 90rpm.  Perform a maximum effort sprint for 10 seconds.  Focus on getting low over those bars and driving the bike forwards.

Recover for 5 minutes with Zone 2 riding building to be ready to sprint again.

Repeat 4 times.

After Sprint intervals continue Zone 2 riding to work on your Endurance.

Towards the end of your ride repeat the sprint intervals as follows.

From a rolling start, select a gear that you means you will start your sprint from a cadence of around 90rpm.  Perform a maximum effort sprint for 10 seconds.  Focus on getting low over those bars and driving the bike forwards.

Recover for 5 minutes with Zone 2 riding building to be ready to sprint again.

Repeat 3 times.


Cool down with 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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