Trainer Base Plan, Coggan Classic Training Zones (Power, HR, RPE), structured workouts

Average Weekly Training Hours 06:31
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 06:31
Training Load By Week

Train with the coach of the world ITT champion Amber Neben! This 12-week trainer base plan uses the Coggan Classic Training Levels and was built by Tim Cusick, Training Peaks WKO4 product leader and master coach with Velocious Endurance Coaching. The plan is designed for the serious competitive cyclist and includes power, heart rate, and perceived exertion. The workouts can be used in the traditional format or as structured workouts, which load automatically to select devices (Garmin, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Racermate, and more) so you can see your workout and interval numbers right on your device. Here are helpful instructions on exporting the structured workouts: https://help.trainingpeaks.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001076908-Structured-Workout-Export-for-Garmin-Devices. Choosing the right plan can be difficult. If you're finding yourself confused, or if you'd like an overview planner of this plan, please contact Coach Kathy Watts at kathy@velociouscyclingadventures.com. Our training plans are so powerful you won't need a coach!

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
50TSS
DAY 1 VO2MAX TESTING CCTEST

WU:
5 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Zone 2/PE 4-5
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: VO2Max (PW Z5/HR Z5/REP 6-7)
REST: 3 minutes easy riding after first two, then 3-5 minutes after last interval to recover before MS2.
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MS2: 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.
Ride all remaining time in your Endurance zone.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
50TSS
DAY 2 FTP TESTING CCTEST

WU:
5 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
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: VO2Max (PW Z5/HR Z5/REP 6-7)
REST: 3 minutes easy riding after first two, then 3-5 minutes after last interval to recover before MS2.
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MS2:
20-Minute Time Trial
Don’t start too hard! You want to produce steady power throughout the 20-minute effort. Once complete, ride any remaining time in your Endurance zone.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 4
1:00:00
50TSS
DAY 3 ANAEROBIC CAPACITY TEST CCTEST

WU:
5 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS1:
1 x 5-Minute Opener Interval
TARGET: FTP (PW Z4/HR Z4/RPE 6-7)
REST: 5 minutes of easy riding, then complete MS2
CADENCE: Self selected
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MS2: 1-Minute Test
Start from about 20 mph out of the saddle HAMMERING (self-selected cadence); go as hard as you can go in the beginning! Sit as you need to and try to push out the entire minute. This is hard! Once complete, spin for 5 minutes and then repeat the test.
Ride any remaining time in your Endurance zone.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 6
1:00:00
50TSS
DAY 4 NP SPRINT TEST CCTEST

WU:
5 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS1: NP Sprint Intervals
6 x 50-yard Small Ring Sprints (39:16)
Start each sprint rolling at about 12 mph in little ring and then spin up to fast pedal power (target cadence 120 and above). Rest 2-3 minutes between sprint efforts. Recover with 5-10 minutes of easy spinning and then complete MS2.
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MS2:
Ride all remaining time in your endurance zone.
TARGET: Endurance (PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 3-4)
CADENCE: Self selected
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 7
1:30:00
74.7TSS
PROGRESSIVE ENDURANCE RIDE CCZ2

WU:
10 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
CADENCE: Self selected with 2 x 1 minute Fast Pedals to wake up legs
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MS:
Endurance Ride, progressive effort. Break the ride down into 3 equal time segments. Begin ride at the lower end of the endurance zone and increase effort (avg power or avg HR) each segment, ending the ride with the hardest effort for the last segment.
TARGET: Endurance (PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 3-4)
CADENCE: Self selected. To make this more challenging, increase avg RPM with each segment along with effort.
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 9
1:00:00
50TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE CCZ2

WU:
10-15 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
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: Endurance (PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5)
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: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Sample Day 10
1:15:00
65TSS
ENDURANCE RIDE W/HC 5 MIN SPEED DRILLS CCZ2

WU:
10 minutes warm up, progressing to Zone 2
TARGET: PW Z2/HR Z2/PE 4-5
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: Endurance (PW Z2 / HR Z2 / PE 4-5)
CADENCE: 85-105 rpm. Vary cadence throughout ride and work on pedaling form.
CADENCE DRILLS: 1 x 60 minutes of alternating high cadence (HC, 95+ rpm) for 5 minutes and self-selected cadence for 5 minutes.
TERRAIN: Flat to rolling
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CD:
Cool down 5-15 minutes
TARGET: PW Z1/HR Z1/PE 2-3
CADENCE: small chain ring

Tim Cusick
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Velocious Endurance Coaching

As the TrainingPeaks WKO4 product leader and a co-owner of Velocious Endurance Coaching, Tim brings a wealth of experience to his coaching clients. With his expertise in training, racing, and data analytics, he offers a unique, data-driven approach as he guides clients to performance success. Tim currently coaches current ITT world champion Amber Neben, road pro Emma Grant, and numerous other professional and select age group racers.