This indoor cycling training plan has advanced aerobic endurance and variable power workouts (like Sweet Spot) to help you get more 'training' out of your time on the trainer! All the workouts are geared towards you riding indoors on the trainer and therefore are mainly 1 hour in length. Get on, get to work and get off! The one other workout on the weekend is a freestyle sweet spot workout to help you generate some body heat to battle the cold but most importantly get the most training out of your limited time. This indoor cycling training plan definitely caters to the "time crunched" athlete.
This plan starts with tempo workouts , progresses thru harder sweet spot and threshold intervals and finishes with criss crosses, bursts and short anaerobic intervals. You will want to have your FTP set with you zones before hand so you can ride at the right intensity level. We recommend Zwift for 'group rides' and TrainerRoad if you want to program in these workouts and just pedal. For those of you on Zwift feel free to freestyle the workouts a bit. Use laps as your interval durations, and for burst use the hills and sprint lines! You could even find a group ride on the weekend that pushes you and help gets you some harder efforts while keeping it more fun! You can come up with your own ideas as well with what you have available. KEEP THE WORKOUTS FUN!
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This Intermediate plan is for the Cat 3 or Masters Elite level rider.
Warm up well in Zone 2 for 10 minutes.
Then complete 6 x 2 minutes cadence drills. First minute at 105 rpm. Second minute at 85 rpm. Repeat with no rest for 6 times.
Then do 10 minutes Zone 2.
Then complete 1 x 5 minutes in Zone 4 over 100 rpm. Rest for 5 minutes.
Then complete 3 x 2 minutes cadence drills.
First minute at 105 rpm. Second minute at 85rpm. Repeat with no rest for 3 times.
Rest of time in Zone 2. Cool down.
Hydrant :: Hold 30- 45 seconds and perform 10 reps immediately after, both sides
Skate :: same as above
Get in as much time in your sweet spot training zones as possible today.
For example, 45 minutes total
Sweet Spot Training: 84 - 97% of FTP
This is a 'freestyle' workout. There are no structured intervals for this workout, however your goal is to complete the allotted time as it fits. Slice the workout time into small or large chunks, do it all at once.
This is your choice as an athlete & a great way to fit in a workout over varied terrain or even during a GROUP RIDE
For more information about Sweet Spot Training please see:
Power Analysis TIP: see if you acheived ~ 75 TSS for this 90 minute ride by riding sweet spot!
YogaGlo: "Off-Season Cross Training for Cyclists" www.YogaGlo.com , for example -find it in the Cycling Series, has good stretches for your hips and IT bands
Warm up well for 10 minutes in Zone 2. Then do the following:
10sec Sprint @ >150% FTP, 50sec Easy Spin
20sec @ Zone 6, 40sec Easy Spin
30sec @ Zone 5, 30sec Spin
40sec @ FTP, 20sec Spin
50sec @ Sweet Spot, 10sec Easy Spin
1min @ Tempo
Reverse up the Ladder back up. Rest for 5 minutes. Then repeat. Rest of ride Zone 2 and cool down.
Help practice your cadence and pedal form. Hold 100+ rpm for the duration of the intervals. Do not rock and focus on good form. Effot does not need to exceed Zone 3.
Complete 4 x 5 minutes High Cadence (100+rpm). Rest for 5 minutes between.
This is a zone 2 workout. Warm up for 10 minutes. Then complete 2 cadence pyramids. While in Zone 2 shift down so your cadence is 50 rpm while maintaining same power. Every minute shift to an easier gear till you reach 110 rpm. Then do the opposite by shifting into a harder gear every minute back to 50. Repeat. Hold the same power range while just varying cadence.