Resistance Training + Sweet Spot Off Season Plan - 32 Weeks - Basic HEART RATE BASED

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Average Weekly Training Hours: 07:57

Off Season Resistance Training + Sweet Spot “Base” 32 Week training plan. Cycling Specific Resistance Training described here: https://fascatcoaching.com/tips/weight-lifting-for-cycling/
Four Phases of resistance training with accompanying neuromuscular sprint work to accentuate the gym work to make the weight lifting cycling specific followed by Sweet Spot training to increase your aerobic fitness. This plan is your all-in-one plan for the Off Season!

Increase your Functional Threshold Power this winter with our 10 week training plan. Weight lifting for cycling aka resistance training ‘works’ and we’ve been coaching cyclists thru the following 4 phase, cycling specific resistance training program for 15 years. During this weight lifting program, cyclists build muscle (heavy lifting), train that new muscle to produce great force and then thru neuromuscular sprint workouts teach that new muscle to fire at speeds specific to cycling (high velocity lifting). “Speeds specific to cycling” is the secret sauce of this program and this weight lifting is made cycling specific by the velocity of the lifts plus the neuromuscular sprint workouts that are coupled to the Strength and Power Phases.

This plan is perfect for the cyclist to begin in the Fall or early Winter (like October thru December) to prepare for the Spring/Summer season. Or for the Cyclocross Athlete to begin February or March.

Questions about this training plan? See our FAQ below or email/call: help@fascatcoaching.com or 720.406.7444

Sample Day 1
1:00:00
60.7TSS
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 2
1:00:00
33TSS
Tempo 2 x 10 minutes

2 x 10 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 3
1:00:00
28.3TSS
Endurance Zone 2 ~ 45 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 5
1:30:00
75TSS
Weekend Group Ride

Weekend Group Ride-Don't worry about intervals, etc today. Work on sticking wheels for the duration. Climbing hills strongly, pacelining together in a group and even launching attacks or trying for sprints. Overall this should be 'moderately hard' effort and also a bit of fun

Sample Day 6
1:00:00
33.3TSS
Muscle Tension Interval 2 x 10 minutes

2 x 10 minutes ON; 5 minutes OFF
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Muscle Tension's load your legs with forces similar to those you will encounter in the weight room or on climbs. These intervals are several minute, seated, big-gear, low-cadence efforts.
• These intervals are best done on a stationary trainer with the resistance set to HIGH
• Choose a big gear that is hard to push between a cadence of 40-60 rpm’s, 53 x ___
• This is more of a muscular workout than an aerobic workout. It is not a wattage-based workout. However, if your effort is too hard you will dilute the strength-building effects and transform the workout into a threshold-type exercise. Keep watts in the Zone 3/Sweet Spot.
• Work on pushing with your quads and pulling with your hamstrings—pedal “circles”.
• It is imperative for you to let your coach know if this workout aggravates
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Sample Day 9
1:00:00
28.3TSS
Endurance Zone 2 ~ 45 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 10
1:00:00
34.3TSS
Muscle Tension Interval 2 x 12 minutes

2 x 12 minutes ON; 6 minutes OFF
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Muscle Tension's load your legs with forces similar to those you will encounter in the weight room or on climbs. These intervals are several minute, seated, big-gear, low-cadence efforts.

• These intervals are best done on a stationary trainer with the resistance set to HIGH
• Choose a big gear that is hard to push between a cadence of 40-60 rpm’s, 53 x ___
• This is more of a muscular workout than an aerobic workout. It is not a wattage-based workout. However, if your effort is too hard you will dilute the strength-building effects and transform the workout into a threshold-type exercise. Keep watts in the Zone 3/Sweet Spot.
• Work on pushing with your quads and pulling with your hamstrings—pedal “circles”.
• It is imperative for you to let your coach know if this workout aggravates
Complete 3 x 8 Muslce Tension Intervals. Rest for 4 minutes between.

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.