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TP002 Sweet Spot base Part 1 | 4 weeks | 7 hours


James Walsgrove

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4 Weeks

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cycling road cycling intermediate advanced time goal power based base period

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Plan Description

This plan is designed to develop your threshold during the final phase of the base period by working at Sweet spot intensity which is around 88-93% of FTP. This ideally should follow the Part 3 as some of the workouts are advanced in this block. It is based on 4 sessions per week with a mixture of turbo trainer and road. Most of the sessions have been constructed using power although this can be done using HR zones also. There is also some strength & conditioning sessions to be completed off the bike which is also important to to develop you as a cyclist.


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
6:16 hrs 2:30 hrs
0:45 hrs 0:25 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
6:16 hrs 2:30 hrs
0:45 hrs 0:25 hrs

Training Load By Week

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Sample Day 1

First FTP Test

As this is your first test we are going to use RPE to pace the effort of the test, see link below for a simple guide for this.

This test will set your Functional Threshold Power along with an idea of what your v02 max power currently is. We are looking for both intervals to be controlled for the duration so you will need to gauge intensity for each. Be aware that the perceived effort will feel different at the start and the end of each interval even though effort may be the same. At the end of both the 5min & the 20min effort you should have nothing left in the tank.

Good luck!

Press lap button for the 2 efforts marked with a *

5min WU
3x1min high cadence efforts 100rpm+, 1min RI
5min Easy
*5min - All out effort trying to have a controlled pace for the entire interval.
10min - Easy
*20min - Time Trial effort. Don't go out too hard and try to maintain power for entire interval, give it all in the last 5min
09min Cool Down

Sample Day 2

Recovery - W1

This is an easy session just to loosen the legs and help recover from the previous days hard session.
HR should be zone1 for most of the session and zone2 max. During the high cadence efforts lower the gear if need be to make sure there is not intensity there.

Sample Day 3

Core workout - W1

I have given you the exercises and will let you do your own number of reps and sets depending on your ability
The core plays a vital part while cycling so it is important to make sure it is strong. This will help take pressure/weight off your hands/arms while riding as your core will be holding you in position. It will also give you a good platform to cycle from by allowing your upper body to remain still while fatigue sets in.
Plank 45secs straight into cobra
Back extensions
Russian Twists
Opposite Arm/Leg Reach/superman

Link to you tube demo below:

Sample Day 4

Sweet spot - W8

**Key Session**
-Sweet Spot is a term used for the zone just below your threshold @ 88-93% of FTP. This zone has been proven to given you the same gains as training at threshold but with less fatigue meaning you can train for longer periods and recover faster.
During this session we are looking to progress you to be able to ride at that intensity for a whole hour.
Maintain good form throughout and hold a good position on the bike or TT bars if you are using them.

Sample Day 5

Cycling HIIT session - W1

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the most effective training methods for burning fat. 
These are short burst of maximal effort followed by recovery periods.
The exercises given are all ones that target the major cycling muscle groups that are used in the pedalling phase along with some core exercises.
Complete 30sec of exercise, 30sec rest
Squat thrust
Bicycle crunch
Jump Squat
Elbow to hand plank
Squat with knee to elbow touch
Repeat routine twice more giving 3 blocks in total, no rest between.
See link below for demo of exercises:

Sample Day 6

Tempo - W5 Endurance/SS

**Pick either weekend sessions, If a high volume trainer than can do both**
This a great session that see's you work through from zone2 endurance up to just below threshold without any recovery periods so your legs will really feel the fatigue by the end

Sample Day 7

Endurance/Tempo - W1

As it has been a tough week on the turbo we are just looking for plenty of easy zone2 endurance for this ride with a 30min tempo in the middle pushing HR to Sweet spot below threshold.

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