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Stage Race Base Phase 1 - WKO iLevels - 8-14 hours/week

Author

Tim Cusick - Coach of World and National Champions

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Length

10 Weeks

Plan Specs

cycling road cycling intermediate advanced masters multi day power based tss based base period

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Plan Description

Full Season Stage Race Winter Base Phase 1 Training Plan with iLevels


written by Tim Cusick, TrainingPeaks WKO Product Leader and master coach with Velocious Cycling Adventures


WKO iLevels plan


Plan overview

Train with the coach of national and world ITT champion Amber Neben! This 10-week stage race training plan was created by Tim Cusick and uses WKO and the Power-Duration Curve. Your workout prescription will be individualized based on your data following the Power-Duration Curve as you gain fitness. It is designed for the competitive cyclist and includes predicted TSS and ongoing testing. This plan is the first portion of our full-season stage race training plan.


To use this plan, you will need to have a power meter and the TrainingPeaks WKO software (if you don't have WKO or if you don't train with power, you can still get these cutting-edge workouts and plans; just search for the Classic versions). This plan uses the advanced iLevels training protocol developed by Dr. Andy Coggan and the new training metrics available in WKO, like FTP/FRC, FRC, and PMAX. Learn more about WKO or watch Coach Cusick’s free educational WKO webinars.


Included with your plan:
- Instruction sheet (attached to the first day of the plan)
- Testing protocol
- Coaching comments and tips


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Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
9:15 hrs 4:00 hrs
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
9:15 hrs 4:00 hrs
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Tim Cusick

Velocious Endurance Coaching

Tim Cusick is the TrainingPeaks WKO product leader, the owner of Velocious Endurance Coaching, and the leader of BaseCamp. His expertise in training, racing, and data analytics offers a unique approach to training that guides his clients to amazing success. He currently coaches world champion Amber Neben, road pro Emma Grant, Rebecca Rusch, and other pros and racers. Over 100 plans for all cycling disciplines. Need help picking a plan? Fill out our survey: https://goo.gl/forms/bkGSAYA9VzV9tsq22.

Sample Day 1

1:00:00
50TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HIGH CADENCE 5-MIN DRILLS

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 min Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: Endurance (iLevel 2)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
CADENCE DRILLS: During the ride, alternate high cadence (HC) for 5 minutes (95+ rpm) and self selected cadence for 5 minutes.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: iLevel 1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 2

1:00:00
50TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: iLevel 1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 3

1:00:00
50TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HIGH CADENCE 5-MIN DRILLS

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 min Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone
TARGET: Endurance (iLevel 2)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
CADENCE DRILLS: During the ride, alternate high cadence (HC) for 5 minutes (95+ rpm) and self selected cadence for 5 minutes.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: iLevel 1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 4

1:00:00
25TSS
Active Recovery

You get faster when you're resting and recovering, not when you're working hard! Rest days are about going easy enough to really allow your legs to recover, so no efforts over iLevel 1 today. Take it easy and look at the scenery.

Sample Day 5

1:30:00
75TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/TEMPO

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS1:
1 x 20-Minute Tempo Interval
TARGET: Tempo (iLevel 3)
CADENCE: 1 gear harder/slower rpm than normal self selection; target 75 rpm.
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MS2:
Ride remaining prescribed time in Endurance Zone
TARGET: Endurance (iLevel 2)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: iLevel 1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 6

1:30:00
75TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HC 1 MIN SPEED DRILLS

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Ride prescribed time in Endurance zone, including the cadence drills described below.
TARGET: Endurance (iLevel 2)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
CADENCE DRILLS: 10 x 1-minute high cadence (HC) speed pedaling (110+ RPM), leaving 1-2 minutes between HC efforts
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: iLevel 1
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 8

1:00:00
55TSS
DAY 1 VO2MAX TEST

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to iLevel 2
TARGET: iLevel 2
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1-minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS1:
3 x 90-Second Opener Intervals
TARGET: 95% of PDC 90sec or general FRC/FTP (iLevel 5)
REST: 3 minutes easy riding between/after first two, then 3-5 minutes after last interval to recover before MS2.
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MS1: 5-Minute Hard Effort
This 5-minute effort should be done at maximum. Start the effort at a high pace, but not so hard that you cannot finish strong. Really hammer out the last 45 seconds. The goal is to generate a max 5-minute VO2max test.
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Ride any remaining time in your Endurance zone.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: iLevel 1
CADENCE: small chain ring

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