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Break Your Cycling Plateau

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Oct 29, 2013

Break your cycling plateau with a 10-week focused training plan from the makers of “The Sufferfest” videos.

We were already obsessed with “The Sufferfest” videos for their maniacal, sweat-inducing cycling workouts that make you feel like you’re racing alongside top pros, but now they’ve upped their game with new structured training plans that integrate their videos with outdoor riding.

Each of the three plans (beginner, intermediate, advanced), put together with help from the coaches at Dig Deep Coaching, blends a 50:50 mix of indoor to outdoor riding. The weekly ride times range from 4–6.5 hours (beginner) to 5–8 hours (intermediate) to 8–9 hours (advanced), leaving time for swim/run workouts.

What you’ll get:
-> An easy-to-follow downloadable plan that’s both clever and clear. Rest days are depicted by a couch with “Zzzs” or a sparkling bike denoting “day off, clean your bike.”
-> The same entertaining pithiness as the Sufferfest videos. (On the chart listing the seven effort zones, Zone 6 is described as “you’d rather rip out your toenails than go through this.”)
-> FTP test protocols to set up accurate power zones or perceived effort levels.
-> Descriptions of each video in detail, so you know what you’re getting yourself into—that is, if you want to.
$29.99 each, Sufferfest.com

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Is this plan for you?

If you all of the following applies to you, then it is.

- You’re serious about your cycling—you race or are a sportive rider with ambitions!
- You already train at least four to five days a week, sometimes more.
- You’ve been making steady progress in your fitness and are at the pointy end of the bunch when crunch time comes.
- You love feeling strong and are willing to work hard to feel like that.
- You’ve started to drift a bit from your once dedicated and motivated self … you need some purpose and structure in your training. Although you’d love to train full-time, you’ve got a family and a job who are less enthusiastic about that idea. And you do need to keep them happy.

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FILED UNDER: Bike / Training

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a senior editor at Triathlete magazine, a four-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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