Holiday - 2018 Christmas thru New Years 9 Days 3 plus Hours per Day

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Holiday - 2018 Christmas thru New Years 9 Days 3 plus Hours per Day is a 9 day plan designed for the Cyclist or Triathlete who trains with power, HR (Heart Rate), or RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) and can train 3 plus hours per day.

Whether you take some time off over the Christmas holidays or not, you can use this plan. This plan will help you improve your cycling fitness and help prevent weight gain over the holidays. The intent of this plan is to start on Christmas Eve and run through News Years, you can start it anytime you want regardless of the type of TrainingPeaks account you have. The plan also shows holidays on the Days 2 and 9, but again, that is unimportant. Rides on Days 6 and 7 are longer rides and are assumed to be a weekend, but those rides can be shuffled to another day if you have a TrainingPeaks Premium account.

Make the most of your time over the holidays by remaining active and reducing or even eliminating weight gain with this plan.

Designed and written by Hunter Allen, former pro cyclist, co-Founder of Training Peaks and WKO, co-author of Training and Racing with a Power Meter and Cutting-Edge Cycling and Founder and CEO of Peaks Coaching Group. The Workouts included in these pioneering and ruthlessly vetted Training Plans are the same Workouts that Hunter uses with his own Clients. Battle tested and podium approved.

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Sample Day 1
2:45:00
ALT: Trainer: Mega Cadence

WU: 20 minutes working from Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) training zone into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). ---------- MS1: High Pedaling Cadence Efforts. Complete 10 one minute ON, one minute OFF intervals. During the ON section, cadence should be 105 rpm. During the OFF section, cadence should be 85 rpm. Do not worry about wattage or heart rate during these efforts. Once complete, ride for 5 minutes easy and then onto MS2: ---------- MS2: Complete 2 x 5 minutes at FTP (Power Z4, HR Z4, RPE 4-5). Keep cadence at 100 rpm. These efforts are about improving your cadence at FTP. Rest for 3 minutes between each effort. Continue onto MS3: ---------- MS3: Complete 6 more one minute ON, one minute OFF intervals. During the ON section, cadence should be 105 rpm. During the OFF section, cadence should be 85 rpm. Continue onto MS4: ---------- MS4: Complete 5 minute at VO2Max (Power Z5, HR Z5, RPE 6-7). Follow it with 5 minutes easy at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Then onto MS5: ---------- MS5: Complete 2 x 12 minutes at VO2Max (Power Z5, HR Z5, RPE 6-7). Keep cadence in the 85-95 rpm range. Rest for 10 minute at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) between each effort. Continue onto MS6: ---------- MS6: Complete one 18 minute effort at FTP (Power Z4, HR Z4, RPE 4-5). Cadence in the 85-95 rpm range. Continue onto MS7: ---------- MS7: Complete 10 minutes at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Finish with 3 hard sprints at Anerobic Capacity (Power Z6, HR Z6, RPE >7). Each sprint should be 30 seconds. Wind each gear out. Rest for 3 minutes between each sprint. ---------- CD: 15 minutes of easy pedaling in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 2
1:30:00
Tempo w/Burst & FTP

WU: 15 minutes at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3)
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MS1: Begin with fast cadence for 20 minutes at Tempo (Power Z3, HR Z3, RPE 3-4). Include a burst every 2 minutes to Neuromuscular Power and hold there for 12 seconds. Ride for 5 minutes easy at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3).
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MS2: Complete 1x20 minutes now at FTP (Power Z4, HR Z4, RPE 4-5) and make sure to hold cadence about 5rpm higher than normal.
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MS: Ride for 20 minutes at Tempo (Power Z3, HR Z3, RPE 3-4) and then cool-down.
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CD: 10 minutes at Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE<2).

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
If you have time: Trainer work

WU: 10-15 minutes working into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 3 x 1-minute fast pedals to wake up legs.
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MS: Begin with 6 repeats of the following efforts: You are going to start with 1 minute standing. The focus should be on your upstroke while standing. You will then complete 2 minutes seated, while focusing on pushing with your hamstrings. Be sure to choose a gear that is challenging. Allow your cadence to drop to 70 rpm on the seated section.
Once the 6 intervals are complete, ride for 5 minutes easy and continue onto MS2:
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MS2: Fast pedaling Intervals. 8 x 1 minute with cadence between 110-120 rpm. Rest for one minute between each effort. Normal cadence.
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CD: 10 minutes of easy spinning in your Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 3
1:15:00
NP Microbursts

WU: 15-20 minutes working into ENDURANCE ZONE (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 3 x 1-minute fast pedals to wake up your legs.
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MS1: Micro Intervals. These are best done on a trainer or long stretches of flat road. Complete 4 x 8-minute sets of “micro intervals,” during which you vary your effort from 15 seconds at 180% of FTP (HARD) to 15 seconds at 40% of FTP (EASY) for the duration of the interval sets. Rest for 5 minutes of easy spinning between sets.
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CD: 10 minutes of easy spinning in your ACTIVE RECOVERY ZONE (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
Cross Training

Choose one:
30 minutes on the stairmaster, 30 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes XC Skiing.
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WU: 15 minutes in Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3).
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MS: Focus on saying in your Tempo zone (Power Z3, HR Z3, RPE 3-4) but included 6 bursts to your FTP (Power Z4, HR Z4, RPE 4-5).
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CD: 15 minutes in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2)

Sample Day 4
2:00:00
CLASSIC SWEET SPOT

WU: 10-15 minutes working into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 3 x 1-minute fast pedals to wake up legs. ------- MS1: Sweet Spot Intervals. Complete 1 x 60-minute intervals at 89-92% of FTP (Power Z4, HR Z4, RPE 4-5). Cadence: Self-selected. Terrain: Flat to low grade climbing. Ride for 10 minutes at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) and continue onto MS2: ------- MS2: Finish with one 30 minute effort at Tempo (Power Z3, HR Z3, RPE 3-4) ------- CD: 10-15 minutes of easy spinning in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 4
1:45:00
Trainer: one leg pedaling efforts, 20 min FTP

WU: 10 minutes working from Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) training zone into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). ---------- MS1: Begin with 10 one leg pedaling efforts. These efforts 1 minute long for each leg, meaning 10 efforts for your right leg, 10 for your left leg. Then ride at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) for the next 15 minutes. Continue onto MS2: ---------- MS2: Complete 10 x 1-minute HIGH CADENCE FAST PEDALS targeting 135+ RPM, with 2-minute rests between intervals. Then onto MS3: ---------- MS3: Finish with 10 minutes at FTP (Power Z4, HR Z4, RPE 4-5). Focus on keeping your cadence in the 85-95 range. ---------- CD: 15 minutes of easy pedaling in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).