The classic FTP test. For both the 5min and the 20min intervals go as hard as you can.
For a successful FTP test, break the 20min interval down into 4 phases of 5mins. Aim for a soft goal target for the first phase then near the end of that phase ask yourself "can I keep up this intensity?" "can I go harder and complete the test?". Adjust your power accordingly. The last few minutes of the test should be an all out effort.
If on a trainer, it is essential that ERG mode is turned off if using a smart trainer. If outside, a 20minute uninterrupted road of about 3-5% climb is ideal.
After the your test note your threshold heart rate and threshold power. Adjust your values in Training Peaks to update your zones.
Core is critical in cycling as it is in every sport as it forms part of your kinetic chain. A week core can leave you susceptible to injury. To determine whether you have any weaknesses in your core, try the following, focusing on good form and slow speed of execution:
1. 25 body weight squats
2. 15 push ups (do these slowly with a brief hold at bottom). If you are a mountain biker then make that 25 push ups. In fact, Geoff Kabush (Olympian and XC racer)) believes you should be able to do 50 push ups if you race mountain bikes
3. 1 minute plank
4. Hollowing test - (take a deep breath, exhale fully and pull stomach in back towards spine. Hold for 10seconds)
5. Balance test - Standing straight, lift foot off ground and place on other knee. Close eyes and balance for 1minute. Repeat with other foot
After the exercises, note how you got on. Any exercises you struggled with? Be sure to focus on those in the core sessions prescribed in this training plan.
3 sets of tempo intervals starting with 2mins under threshold and then lifting for 1min to threshold and repeating 3 times for a total interval of 9minutes. After a rest, repeat 2 further times. This session will start to prime the body for recovery at higher percentages of FTP so when we do more challenging over/unders later in the plan
If you can't complete any of these exercises for the duration prescribed then do for as long as you can and try to add 1 second more each time you do the routine, until you reach the prescribed duration
Unstructured Tempo/Group Ride. If your group ride is shorter then add duration by riding before or after the ride. Aim for 2.5 - 3.5 hrs
High torque hill intervals to improve force capacity. We will be working just over threshold for the 4min set so put it on a big gear and settle in for some hard work. During the rest interval use a light gear and spin the legs out.