Cycling: Cyclist Base Period (Winter, Off-Season) Training: 3.0 to 6.0 hrs/wk

Average Weekly Training Hours 04:52
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 04:52
Training Load By Week

This 12-week plan is perfect for the cyclist aiming to build or maintain base fitness. The plan helps you establish a training routine and it can be used as an endurance-building routine to prepare for longer rides. (Century rides, local weekend group rides or multi-day tours.) Go into the season stronger and faster by maintaining your fitness.

The goals of this plan include:

- Establish a fitness routine and stick with it – consistent training

- Improve your five-mile aerobic time trial average speed or average power in 12 weeks

- Lift weights and change the routine to improve cycling strength

- Build your longest ride from 1:00 to 2:15

- Begin lactate threshold training

Please see the Plan Preview to determine if the first week of the training plan seems manageable to you. If the first week seems manageable and the plan goals are right where you want to head, this plan is right for you.

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Sample Day 1
1:00:00

Warm up aerobically, running or cycling for 10-20 minutes, then complete 2-3 sets x 15-20 repetitions (reps) of the designated exercises using a light to moderate weight.

Sample Day 3
1:00:00

Warm up aerobically, running or cycling for 10-20 minutes, then complete 2-3 sets x 15-20 repetitions (reps) of the designated exercises using a light to moderate weight.

Sample Day 4
0:45:00

This workout helps work the dead spot out of pedal stroke. After a warm-up, with light resistance on an indoor trainer, do 100 percent of the work with one leg while the other leg is or resting on a stool. The bottom of the stroke is similar to the motion of scraping mud off the bottom of your shoe. The top of the stroke can be improved by driving toes forward. In all positions, keep the toes relaxed. Do not allow them to curl-up and clinch the bottom of your shoe. (This can be done outdoors by relaxing one leg while the other leg does most of the work.) After doing a work segment with each leg (start with 20-60 seconds per leg), spin easy with both legs for 1-3 minutes and then go back to single legwork. Begin with a cumulative time of 3 to 5 minutes on each leg and build time, as you become stronger.

Sample Day 6
1:00:00

This is best done on a CompuTrainer, on a regular trainer with a power meter on your rear wheel or on a trainer with a rear-wheel computer pick-up. It can also be done on a flat section of road, but know that weather conditions will affect the results. After a warm-up, ride the designated number of miles with your heart rate 9 to 11 beats below lactate threshold heart rate. Record the gears used, conditions, time and how you felt in your training journal. Each time you repeat the test, try to make testing conditions the same. As aerobic fitness improves, the time should decrease.

Sample Day 7
1:00:00

Ride in the small chain ring at 90 rpm on a flat course, keeping heart rate in Zone 1. If you are unable to maintain 90 rpm, coast and rest until you can resume 90 rpm.

Sample Day 8
1:00:00

Warm up aerobically, running or cycling for 10-20 minutes, then complete 2-3 sets x 15-20 repetitions (reps) of the designated exercises using a light to moderate weight.

Sample Day 10
1:00:00

Warm up aerobically, running or cycling for 10-20 minutes, then complete 2-3 sets x 15-20 repetitions (reps) of the designated exercises using a light to moderate weight.

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