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Race Ready in 8 weeks

Author

Coach Jeff Winkler

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Length

8 Weeks

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Plan Description

You should have some base miles before beginning this plan. Ideally, you've been on the bike 8+ hours per week for at least 8 weeks. You can start this plan at any time during the season. You may notice more or less improvement depending on what you have done in the few months prior to starting this plan. Nonetheless, this plan will stress and improve all the physiological systems needed for success in road racing. This is a generalized program that is applicable to all forms of road racing: time trials, criteriums, and road races.

The plan also assumes that you are fresh and ready to start hard training. This is best achieved with a week off or easy week before you start the plan.

This plan requires 10-16hrs per week with most of the longer rides on the weekend. It is suitable for a rider with a normal work schedule, but may require time on the trainer during the week due to limited daylight.

This plan is not limited to any particular level of rider. The time commitment, however, may be a limiter and make it more appropriate for experienced or committed racers. Nonetheless, if this time commitment doesn't represent a large increase over your previous training volume, it may work for you. Finally, if you find yourself deeply fatigued at any point, you can simply take a few easy or rest days and then pick it back up.



Training Plan Sample Week

Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bikex6
11:30 hrs 5:00 hrs
Day Offx2
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike
11:30 hrs 5:00 hrs
Day Off
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Training Load By Week


This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter
  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Jeff Winkler

Winkler Cycling

Over the past 25 years, I have coached athletes to multiple State and National Championship titles in the disciplines of Road, MTB and Cyclocross. I have worked with all levels of individual racers from novice to professional and have coached collegiate, club and amateur teams.