FTP/Power Threshold Improvement Weeks 1-8

Author

Hunter Allen & Peaks Coaching Group

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Length

8 Weeks

Typical Week

6 Bike, 2 Day Off

Longest Workout

4:00 hrs

Plan Specs

cycling road cycling beginner intermediate advanced masters power based hr based tss based

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FTP/Power Threshold Improvement Weeks 1-8 is an 8 week plan designed for the Cyclist or Triathlete who trains with power, HR (Heart Rate), or RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) and can train 10 - 14 hours per week (excluding Rest Weeks). You will need to be able to devote between 2-5 hours to training on one of your weekend days.

FTP (Functional Threshold Power), LT (Lactate Threshold) or Wattage. The goal here is to raise your W/Kg (Watts/Kilogram). There are only two ways to do that, lose weight or increase your power output. Here we are going to focus on increasing your power output. This plan progressively builds your FTP with work at your SST (Sweet Spot) (88-93% of FTP), work right at your FTP and also VO2 Max, AC (Anaerobic Capacity) and even touching your sprint in the NP (Neuromuscular Power) zone.

I built this plan as the ultimate plan to guarantee an overall improvement in all your power zones with the main focus on your FTP.

Designed and written by Hunter Allen, former pro cyclist, co-Founder of Training Peaks and WKO, co-author of Training and Racing with a Power Meter and Cutting-Edge Cycling and Founder and CEO of Peaks Coaching Group. The Workouts included in these pioneering and ruthlessly vetted Training Plans are the same Workouts that Hunter uses with his own Clients. Battle tested and podium approved.

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Training Load By Week
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 10:16

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Sample Day 1

1:30:00
45.4TSS
ACTIVE RECOVERY - Easy Spin (1:30)

MS: Today is an Active Recovery day targeting ONLY (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2). Focus on relaxing on the bike and enjoying the ride. If you have to climb some hills try to use easier gear and spin easy. Today is about recovery, so go for easy spin!

Sample Day 2

1:47:00
127.9TSS
TEMPO 1 x 60 with NP Bursts 15 x 30 (1:47)

WU: 10-15 minutes working into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 3 x 1-minute fast pedals to wake up legs.
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MS1: Start out with a 15-minute effort with watts at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3), smooth and steady. Then pick up the intensity and complete 1 x 60-minute Tempo (Power Z3, HR Z3, RPE 3-4). Do 15 bursts within this hour to watts at Neuromuscular Power (MAXIMAL) for 30 seconds.
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CD: 10-15 minutes with watts at Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 3

1:15:00
65TSS
ENDURANCE Ride (1:15)

WU: 10 minutes working Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 2 x 1-minute Fast Pedals to wake up your legs.
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MS: Today is simple, ride the prescribed time your Endurance Zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Vary your cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form. Practice “coming over the top” and “pulling through the bottom” of the pedal (pretend there is glass in shoes). Enjoy the day!!
Terrain: Flat to Rolling
Cadence: 85 - 105.
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CD: 10 - 15 minutes of easy pedaling.

Sample Day 5

1:00:00
30.3TSS
ACTIVE RECOVERY - Easy Spin (1:00)

MS: Today is an Active Recovery day targeting ONLY (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2). Focus on relaxing on the bike and enjoying the ride. If you have to climb some hills try to use easier gear and spin easy. Today is about recovery, so go for easy spin!

Sample Day 6

2:30:00
144.7TSS
ENDURANCE & TEMPO 1 x 30 (2:30)

WU: 10 Minutes working into your Endurance zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Then complete 3 x 1-minute fast pedals, with 1 minute rest between efforts, to open up your legs.
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MS: Building Endurance today! Once warmed up, ride in your Endurance zone (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) over flat to rolling terrain. Focus on staying relaxed on the bike and spinning circles while keeping your cadence between 90-100. During the last hour of the ride complete 1 x 30-minute TEMPO effort (Power Z3, HR Z3, RPE 3-4) using a gear that results in a cadence of 75-85. Complete the TEMPO effort as close to the end of the ride as possible while still allowing 10 minutes for cool-down.
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CD: 10 minutes of easy spinning.

Sample Day 7

2:00:00
104.6TSS
ENDURANCE Ride (2:00)

WU: 10-20 minutes working from Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) training zone into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 2-3 x 1 minute fast pedals to wake up legs.
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MS1: Endurance ride. Set a pace at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) and hold this pace for the prescribed workout time. Focus on riding smooth and staying relaxed. Vary your cadence. Vary terrain.
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CD: 5-15 minutes of easy pedaling in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 9

1:30:00
100.7TSS
FTP 2 x 10 - Classic (1:30)

WU: 15-20 minutes working into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) During this warm-up, compete 1 x 5 Minute Effort at (or just below) FTP zone (Power Z4, HR Z4, RPE 4-5), then spin for 5 minutes easy before starting MS1,
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MS1: FTP Builder Intervals. Complete 2 x 10-minute FTP Intervals in your FTP zone (Power Z4, HR Z4, RPE 4-5), with 5-10 minutes of rest between the intervals. Ride all other times at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Terrain: Flat to rolling (or steady, low-grade climb if available). Cadence: 85-105.
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CD: 10 minutes of easy spinning in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

FTP/Power Threshold Improvement Weeks 1-8

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