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4 week Base and Build - Elite Level


Drew Christopher

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4 Weeks

Plan Specs

cycling base period

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Plan Description

Welcome and thanks for choosing this Elite level 4 week training plan. This plan is designed to provide the structure and guidance necessary to build your aerobic capacity, muscular endurance, and pedaling proficiency. The language of the workouts are written in clear and common terminology centered around your individual Heart Rate and Power Zones. The 4 weeks are structured around a full block of training which should be followed by a recovery period of your own. Each week also includes 2 days of core strengthening and stretching yoga as cross training. This plan would best be applied at the beginning of a training phase or as structure for post racing season training.


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
11:41 hrs 4:00 hrs
1:30 hrs 0:45 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
11:41 hrs 4:00 hrs
1:30 hrs 0:45 hrs

Training Load By Week

Drew Christopher

Inspired Training Center

Thanks for being here!

I am a cycling coach focused on working with athletes in all Road (Road Race, TT, & Criteriums), Track, Cyclocross, and Gravel disciplines of the sport. My priorities are outside the realm of just building training plans. More importantly, the riding skills, racing tactics, bike handling, and balance with other aspects of life on a whole are what produce effective and skilled bike riders. It's about building towards what is sustainable, not just what is attainable.

Sample Day 1

Zone 2 Ride. Spin Legs out.

2 hour ride focusing on staying in Zone 2. Ride the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes in zone 1. Keep this Aerobic for the whole ride. Do not go above Zone 2 if possible.

Sample Day 2

Descending Intervals, short with longer recovery

Descending time intervals.  Warm-up well  Then do 2min - 1.5min - 1min - 0.5 minutes in zone 4-5 with the same amount of recovery time between reps (2:00 ON, 2:00 recovery, 1:30 ON, 1:30 recovery, etc.).  Do 3 sets of these total.  Recover at least 5 minutes between sets or long enough so that your HR drops into Zone 1-2. .  Cool down well.

Sample Day 3


Stretching, balance, coordination, core strength. Enjoy.

Sample Day 4

The Artists Approach

Today's ride is all about feel and percieved effort not about specific HR, power, speed, cadence, or intensity. Tune into how your legs and your body feels and just enjoy the ride. Wear your HR monitor but put your garmin in your pocket and don't look at it. It is important to be able to listen to your body as well as use the metrics.

Sample Day 5

Restorative/Stretching Yoga

You can go to yoga or stretch at home while watching TV. Core, balance, breathing, relaxation, stretching Spend some time working on basic stretching. Lower body IT band, Low back, hamstrings, quads, torso. Upper body Lats , pectoral's, triceps, neck stretch. Please let me know if you have any questions on this. Here is a good find.

Sample Day 5

Spinnervals-Openers 3 x 3 x 2 min

Nice warm up at comfortable cadence and speed for Z1-Z2. Then do 3 reps of 2 minutes 110+ RPM with 1 minute regular cadence in between.
Ride in Z1-Z2 for 10-15 minutes.
Repeat 3 sets of the 3 reps at 2 minutes high cadence 1 minute rest.
Cool Down with nice easy pedaling home.

Sample Day 6

Threshold Setter

Easy warm up.
During the first hour:
5 x 1 min high cadence (110+ rpm), 1 minute Rest in Between.
Then do 3 x 3 min at Power Zone 4 with 5 min rest in between.
Then do 2 x 30 seconds all out pace, Power Zone 5/6
And finally one more set of 5 x 1 min high cadence (110+ rpm) with 1 minute rest.
Then, roll to a steady climb to start a 20 minute all out effort. Pace yourself well by not going too hard in the first few minutes of the effort and trying to empty the tank by the end of the 20 minutes. You can gauge power and heart rate based off your current zone 4s but most importantly you should be gauging your perceived effort as all out for that timeframe.
Finish your ride with a nice easy spin down and remember to drink well and eat throughout the whole ride.

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