2.4 - POWER THRESHOLD: MASTERS - Improve your Threshold Weeks 1-8 by Hunter Allen

Average Weekly Training Hours 09:46
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 09:46
Training Load By Week

This master's plan is built for athlete's age 50 and older. It takes into account that as we age our bodies need more rest.

This 8 week training plan is made for cyclists or triathletes who train with power, heart rate, or perceived exertion. We have provided an eBook on the first day of the plan that contains testing protocol and explains how to set your training zones within TrainingPeaks. That will allow you to know exactly where you are starting with the plan and provide the correct information for testing in the future.
This plan is for the athlete can train from 9 to 13 hours a week, has just started in cycling, and is excited about improving. You can put in between 2-4 hours on one of your weekend days.

The goal of the plan is to increase your threshold and also increase your endurance in the 8 week period.

Before beginning you should be able to complete a 30 mile ride and you would like to be able to complete a 50-60 mile ride in the near future. You are currently riding your bike from 4-7x per week but lack direction and exactly how to best use your training method.

To get the most out of this plan, it's important that you go through the testing information on day one in order to know exactly where your threshold stands.

Best of luck! You can do it!

Sample Day 1
1:30:00
ACTIVE RECOVERY - Easy Spin

MS: Today is an Active Recovery day targeting ONLY Active Recovery (Power Z1, Heart Rate Z1, RPE <2). Focus on relaxing on the bike and enjoying the ride. If you have to climb some hills try to use easier gear and spin easy. Today is about recovery, so go for easy spin!

Sample Day 2
1:30:00
TEMPO w/NP BURSTS

WU: 10-15 minutes working into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 3 x 1-minute fast pedals to wake up legs. ------- MS1: Start out with a 15-minute effort with watts at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3), smooth and steady. Then pick up the intensity and complete 1 x 60-minute Tempo (Power Z3, HR Z3, RPE 3-4). Do 15 bursts within this hour to watts at Neuromuscular Power (MAXIMAL) for 20 seconds. Space the NP bursts 2-4 minutes apart throughout the 60-minute Tempo interval. ------- CD: 10-15 minutes with watts at Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 3
1:15:00
ENDURANCE Ride

WU: 10-15 minutes working from Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) training zone into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 2-3 x 1 minute fast pedals to wake up legs.
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MS1: Endurance ride. Set a pace at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) and hold this pace for the prescribed workout time. Focus on riding smooth and staying relaxed. Vary your cadence. Vary terrain.
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CD: 5-15 minutes of easy pedaling in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 5
1:00:00
ACTIVE RECOVERY - Easy Spin

MS: Today is an Active Recovery day targeting ONLY Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2). Focus on relaxing on the bike and enjoying the ride. If you have to climb some hills try to use easier gear and spin easy. Today is about recovery, so go for easy spin!

Sample Day 6
2:30:00
ENDURANCE Ride with TEMPO

WU: 10 minutes working into your Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Then complete 3 sets of 1-minute fast pedals with a 1-minute rest in between to open up legs.
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MS1: We’re building endurance today! Once warmed up, ride in your Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) over flat to rolling terrain. Focus on staying relaxed on the bike and spinning circles while keeping your cadence between 90 and 100. During the ride, complete one 30-minute Tempo effort (Power Z3, HR Z3, RPE 3-4) using a gear that results in a cadence of 75-85. Complete the TEMPO effort as close to the end of the ride as possible while still allowing ten minutes for cool-down.
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CD: 5-15 minutes of easy pedaling in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 7
2:00:00
ENDURANCE Ride

WU: 10-15 minutes working from Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2) training zone into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) with 2-3 x 1 minute fast pedals to wake up legs.
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MS1: Endurance ride. Set a pace at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) and hold this pace for the prescribed workout time. Focus on riding smooth and staying relaxed. Vary your cadence. Vary terrain.
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CD: 5-15 minutes of easy pedaling in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Sample Day 9
1:30:00
CLASSIC FTP INTERVALS 2 x 10 Min

WU: 15-12 minutes working into Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3) During this warm-up, compete 1 x 5 Minute Effort at (or just below) FTP zone (Power Z4, HR Z4, RPE 4-5, then spin for 5 minutes easy before starting MS1,
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MS1: FTP Builder Intervals. Complete 2 x 10-minute FTP Intervals in your FTP zone (Power Z4, HR Z4, RPE 4-5), with 5-10 minutes of rest between the intervals. Ride all other times at Endurance (Power Z2, HR Z2, RPE 2-3). Terrain: Flat to rolling (or steady, low-grade climb if available). Cadence: 85-105.
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CD: 10 minutes of easy spinning in Active Recovery (Power Z1, HR Z1, RPE <2).

Hunter Allen
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