Road and Circuit Race Build/Peak/Race Plan For Intermediate Racers Who Are Time Constrained

Author

Pete MacLeod

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Length

12 Weeks

Typical Week

5 Bike, 2 Day Off

Longest Workout

3:00 hrs

Plan Specs

cycling road cycling intermediate power based hr based

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This plan is recommended for road racers (Cat 3/4) who are focusing on circuit races and road races 2-3hrs in length. A heart rate monitor is required. Power is not required, but it is recommended. Typical weeks will average 8hrs of training, with recovery weeks around 6 hours of training. Most weekday workouts are only 1hr. However there are some longer rides on the weekends.

This plan is for those who have already completed base training and have a solid level of general fitness heading into the racing season.

During the 8 week build phase the emphasis will be increasing threshold power, speed, and your ability to attack. The plan concludes with a two week taper before your A priority event.

As always, custom plans can be created specifically for your needs, contact Pete at www.holdfastcoaching.com

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Training Load By Week
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 06:23

Pete MacLeod

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Specializing in Mountain Bike Racing, Cyclocross, and Road Racing. Nutritional Review, Guidance, and Planning.

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Sample Day 1

1:00:00
56.3TSS
EM

EM - Endurance Miles - Keep the average power/HR of the ride in the middle of Zone 2 and the low side of 3, keep the cadence high (70+) and stay seated on climbs. This can be done on either the MTB, CX, or Road Bike.

Sample Day 2

1:00:00
55.8TSS
Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot hits the upper end of Tempo and lower end of Threshold. On the HFC Power/HR Zone Worksheet this is Zone 3/4. Keep the cadence higher than 75 and terrain should be flat to rolling.

Sample Day 3

1:00:00
56.3TSS
EM

EM - Endurance Miles - Keep the average power/HR of the ride in the middle of Zone 2 and the low side of 3, keep the cadence high (70+) and stay seated on climbs. This can be done on either the MTB, CX, or Road Bike.

Sample Day 5

1:00:00
48.2TSS
Openers

Complete 4x 30sec all out efforts, with 1 min rest between each one. The rest of the ride should be in Zone 2.

Sample Day 6

1:00:00
FIELD TEST

The Hold Fast Coaching Field Test is used to determine your heart rate and/or power training zones.After a 15 minute warm up of easy riding perform the following sequence…1) 3 x 30 second all out efforts with 3 minutes rest between efforts. 2) 5 minutes easy spinning3) 20 minute time trial effort4) 10 minute cool downIt is best to use a location free of traffic and intersections. Terrain should be on flat roads or on a sustained climbed. Avoid drastically changing terrain and downhills. When starting the 20 minute effort, pay close attention to your initial effort. You’re better off starting a little easier and finishing strong rather than going to hard at the start. Don’t forget to hit your lap/interval button on your computer for all of the segments listed above.Field Test:15min Warm Up30sec All Out3min Easy Spinning 30sec All Out3min Easy Spinning 30sec All Out5min Easy Spinning20min Time Trial10min Cool Down

Sample Day 8

1:05:00
61.4TSS
Tempo with Bursts

Tempo riding is completed in Zone 3, with a cadence of 70-90. Tempo is best performed on flat or rolling terrain. When encountering hills make sure to shift gears and stay in Zone 3.

Sample Day 9

1:00:00
56.3TSS
EM

EM - Endurance Miles - Keep the average power/HR of the ride in the middle of Zone 2 and the low side of 3, keep the cadence high (70+) and stay seated on climbs. This can be done on either the MTB, CX, or Road Bike.

Road and Circuit Race Build/Peak/Race Plan For Intermediate Racers Who Are Time Constrained

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