Sweet Spot Focused Base Plan - Intermediate

Author

GC Coaching

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Length

12 Weeks

Typical Week

5 Bike, 1 Day Off, 1 X-Train

Longest Workout

3:00 hrs

Plan Specs

cycling beginner base period

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This is a 12 week Sweet Spot focused base plan for athletes getting ready for their season and can be utilized by most athletes no matter their discipline.

-100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!
-Core and hip strength / stability routines.
-Daily e-mail workout reminders.
-TrainingPeaks mobile app (iOS and Android).
-Easy workout export to your Zwift account / Garmin / Wahoo.
-Short workouts during the week and longer over the weekends to respect your training time availability.
-Many changes in interval duration and intensity to keep things interesting and reduce the monotony if being done on a trainer.
-Access to the GC Coaching Virtual Training Private Facebook Group if you have any questions, comments, or concerns where you can speak directly with your Coach.
-Progressive overload week by week, proven to bring results! This plan starts at 380 TSS/week and ends at 610 TSS/week.

The intermediate plan is perfect for the Cat 3/4 cyclist, those who have been training for 3+ seasons, or placing in the top 25% in their age group category.

Stats

Training Load By Week
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 06:56

Shayne Gaffney

GC Coaching

I offer personalized and customized training plans for competitive and non-competitive cyclists with a high level of coaching communication, so you feel supported, confident, and educated throughout your training journey. This includes endurance, speed, and strength training, in addition to building mental stamina and nutritional recommendations to prepare you for your target events or races.

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Sample Day 1

1:05:00
55.7TSS
T: 3x10 @65-75 RPM

WARM UP:
-10 minutes gradually progressing from Active Recovery zone to Endurance zone.
-3x30 seconds Spin Ups (110+ RPM) @Threshold zone+, 30 seconds easy.
-2 minutes easy
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MAIN SET:
-3x10 minutes at Tempo zone @65-75 RPM. Rest for 5 minutes between sets.
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COOL DOWN:
-Gradually reduce from Endurance Zone to Active recovery zone for 5 minutes.

Sample Day 8

1:11:00
61.3TSS
T: 3x12 @65-75 RPM

WARM UP:
-10 minutes gradually progressing from Active Recovery zone to Endurance zone.
-3x30 seconds Spin Ups (110+ RPM) @Threshold zone+, 30 seconds easy.
-2 minutes easy
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MAIN SET:
-3x12 minutes at Tempo zone @65-75 RPM. Rest for 5 minutes between sets.
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COOL DOWN:
-Gradually reduce from Endurance Zone to Active recovery zone for 5 minutes.

Sample Day 9

1:05:00
69.2TSS
SST: Spade

WARM UP:
-10 minutes gradually progressing from Active Recovery zone to Endurance zone.
-3x30 seconds Spin Ups (110+ RPM) @Threshold zone+, 30 seconds easy.
-2 minutes easy
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MAIN SET:
-4x 8 minutes @SST, starting at 92% FTP, and ramping down in 1 minute intervals, to 84% FTP, before ramping back up again.
-Rest for 4 minutes between.
-Keep your cadence between 85-95 RPM.
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COOL DOWN:
-7 minutes gradually reducing from Endurance zone to Active Recovery zone

Sample Day 15

1:10:00
62.2TSS
T: 2x20 @65-75 RPM

WARM UP:
-10 minutes gradually progressing from Active Recovery zone to Endurance zone.
-3x30 seconds Spin Ups (110+ RPM) @Threshold zone+, 30 seconds easy.
-2 minutes easy
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MAIN SET:
-2x20 minutes at Tempo zone @65-75 RPM. Rest for 5 minutes between sets.
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COOL DOWN:
-Gradually reduce from Endurance Zone to Active recovery zone for 5 minutes.

Sample Day 16

1:05:00
71.3TSS
SST: Potpourri

WARM UP:
-10 minutes gradually progressing from Active Recovery zone to Endurance zone.
-3x30 seconds Spin Ups (110+ RPM) @Threshold zone+, 30 seconds easy.
-2 minutes easy
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MAIN SET:
-Start with 10 minutes @Sweet Spot
-3 minutes recovery
-3x over/unders (2 minutes @Threshold, 3 minutes @Tempo)
-3 minutes recovery
-Finally, a 12 minute ramp from Tempo to Threshold.
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COOL DOWN:
-7 minutes gradually reducing from Endurance zone to Active Recovery zone

Sample Day 23

1:00:00
62.7TSS
SST: 5x6 Cadence Changes

WARM UP:
-10 minutes gradually progressing from Active Recovery zone to Endurance zone.
-3x30 seconds Spin Ups (110+ RPM) @Threshold zone+, 30 seconds easy.
-2 minutes easy
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MAIN SET:
-5x 6 minutes @SST
-The first 3 minutes should be at a comfortable cadence. Minutes 4 and 5 should be at a slightly uncomfortable cadence. Minute 6 should be as quick as you can spin those pedals!
-Rest for 2 minutes between.
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COOL DOWN:
-7 minutes gradually reducing from Endurance zone to Active Recovery zone

Sample Day 35

1:05:00
80.4TSS
SST: Downright Bitter

WARM UP:
-10 minutes gradually progressing from Active Recovery zone to Endurance zone.
-3x30 seconds Spin Ups (110+ RPM) @Threshold zone+, 30 seconds easy.
-2 minutes easy
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MAIN SET:
-8 minutes @SST at 95+ RPM
-4 minutes @FTP at 65 RPM
-8 minutes @SST at 95+ RPM
-5 minutes rest
-8 minutes @SST at 95+ RPM
-4 minutes @FTP at 65 RPM
-8 minutes @SST at 95+ RPM
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COOL DOWN:
-5 minutes gradually reducing from Endurance zone to Active Recovery zone

Sweet Spot Focused Base Plan - Intermediate

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