Speed Demon Plan, by The Sufferfest.


The Sufferfest


4 Weeks

Typical Week

7 Bike, 6 X-Train

Longest Workout

1:57 hrs

Plan Specs

cycling road cycling advanced

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This training plan was designed by APEX Coaching for athletes and enthusiasts who...

* Have completed a block of training that developed the weakness identified in your 4DP profile AND
* Are approaching an event where speed is the key
* Have previous experience with structured training plan or have been riding consistently for more than 2 years
* Have trained more than an average of 10 hours/week in the previous ~3 months
* Have up to 12 hours/week they can dedicate to training (but often less) over the course of the next ~3 months
* Have a burning desire to CRUSH their goals by putting in a maximum amount of effort in a minimum amount of time

This plan is designed to suit the time-crunched athlete, with the majority of weekday workouts under 60 minutes and longer weekend rides. Note: unlike most other plans, yoga workouts are pre-populated in this training plan because, let's face it

The plan finishes on a high note, with the last week bringing you fit and fresh into the dreaded Full Frontal. After finishing this plan, you can begin a more advanced plan straight away.

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Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
Average Weekly Training Hours: 07:05
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 07:05
Average Weekly Breakdown

Back to Plan Details

Sample Day 1

Cadence Builds

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✭✭✭
AC: ✭✩✩✩✩
MAP: ✭✩✩✩✩
FTP: ✭✩✩✩✩

One of the best sessions there is for neuromuscular training and a regular session in The Sufferfest Training Plans, this drill asks you to progressively build from a cadence of 90 RPM to your MAX over 30 seconds, recover and repeat several times. Cadence builds improve the way you recruit your leg, glute and core muscles throughout your pedal stroke by progressing to your maximal cadence. By reaching your highest cadence possible, you are training the 'on/off' switch in each muscle group to not only work faster, but have less overlap with your other muscle groups. You're training your hamstring muscles to 'turn off' when your quads 'turn on' and vice-versa to achieve a more efficient pedal stroke.

NOTE: As a drill session, this video does not have music or a storyline like 'normal' Sufferfest videos. Just fire up a playlist on your favourite music app and you're away!

Sample Day 1

Yoga: Shake off the Day

This gentle sequence is designed to loosen up tight muscles and encourage good postural habits. You can practice it in the morning to relieve stiffness or in the evening to wind down before bed. We finish with a short body scan meditation to calm your mind and release tension throughout the body. Modification: If you’re unable to sit back on your heels in Child’s pose, you can put a couple of cushions or a pillow between your calves and the backs of your thighs.

Sample Day 2

The Downward Spiral

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✩✩✩
AC: ✭✭✭✭✭
MAP: ✭✭✭✩✩
FTP: ✭✩✩✩✩

The very first Sufferfest video ever made (although it's since been remastered a couple of times)! Sigh. Both sets of intervals are designed to have equal work to rest ratios, so the longer intervals have longer recovery time afterwards. This first set will begin to deplete your AC, and by the end your aerobic system will have to work overtime to help keep the power up. And keep the power up you will, since as the intervals get shorter, they also get harder.

The second interval set follows the same pattern as the first, ensuring both your AC and MAP are pushed towards their limit. To give it that extra kick we added in a couple of 30 second efforts with 30 seconds of recovery (having flashbacks to Pain Shakes from Blender are we?). These final efforts are just hard enough—with just enough rest—that you will fully deplete your AC, forcing your MAP to pick up the slack.

Sample Day 2

Breathing To CRUSH THEM

Perhaps the only people more Badass than Sufferlandrians are Navy Seals. And this is the breathing exercise that Navy Seals do to calm down and focus themselves before major operations. Learn and use this technique before heading into your own major events and races.

Sample Day 3

Breathing More DEEPLY

Diaphragmatic Breathing is a calming exercise that encourages you to breathe deeply into your abdomen.

Sample Day 3


Four Dimensional Power Focus:

- Neuromuscular Power (NM - 5 second): ✭✩✩✩✩
- Anaerobic Capacity (AC - 1 minute): ✭✩✩✩✩
- Maximal Aerobic Power (MAP- 5 minute): ✭✭✩✩✩
- Functional Threshold Power (FTP - 20 minute): ✭✭✭✭✭

You've got the leader's jersey, but then disaster strikes: A crash, an injury and you're forced to defend your position until the end of the race. Can you hang on under a barrage of attacks? Based around four, ten-minute efforts around threshold, Defender is designed to give you the most bang for your buck, or in this case, the most Watts at FTP for your Suffering.

There are both psychological as well as physiological benefits to this tremendous workout. Mentally, Defender will improve your sense of pacing for longer efforts near FTP. That is because each effort starts out above FTP, and since you're fresh you'll feel as though you can hold that pace all day. Every two minutes, the pace gradually declines so you are finishing just below FTP. As the time ticks away, the power targets will drop little by little, but your discomfort will remain about the same. By the fourth effort, you'll be find the same efforts far more difficult than in the first. Bystaying tuned-in to what your body is telling you, you'll learn more about how to manage your efforts around threshold and why it's so important to manage your efforts well at this intensity.

The physiological benefits follow the same lines as those found in Who Dares, or Fight Club. Overloading your legs and lungs with efforts above FTP before settling into efforts right at or right below FTP forces your body to clear out as many metabolites as possible and process as much oxygen as it can. What sets Defender apart is how that overload is delivered. While Who Dares achieves this with short sprints, Defender forces you to spend minutes above FTP before simmering back down. This allows your heart rate and breathing rate to get much closer to what they are during a long steady state threshold effort. This ensures that “overload” comes in as a steady drip, rather than the sudden burst like that in Who Dares. The lower intensity of this overload also changes the types of metabolites produced and the ratios they occur in. Not only does this keep the enzymes in your body focused on aerobic metabolism, your body will also respond with fewer stress hormones. This means you're training your aerobic system by overloading it, but doing so in a way that leaves you more ready to hit tomorrow's training just as hard.

Sample Day 4

Yoga: Core Strengtheners I

Intermediate The power to crush non-Sufferlandrians comes not just from your legs, but from your core. When your core is strong and stable, you can generate more power, more efficiently. You’ll also suffer less back pain. With those goals in mind, this sequence strengthens the abs, obliques and lower back.

Speed Demon Plan, by The Sufferfest.

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