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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:01 pm 
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Hi all,

Quick background.... Currently entering my fourth and final year at university, workload is intense and hence cycling is suffering.

Over Christmas I read Chris Carmichaels time crunched cyclist book and to be honest, it appealed to me considering the limited hours for cycling I will have over the coming semester.

Now, the training plan set out by Carmichael lasts about 11 weeks, with best results seem around the 8 week mark apparently,

My main/major target for the season using this plan is the university championships sometime in later April/may (date tbc). Obviously, if following the plan correctly then I should start it 8weeks from this time, so early March.

My question is, what should it be doing from now until March time, considering I am still limited on time. So far I've just been trying to keep things ticking over, doing about 5hrs a week with a long ride on the weekend and shorter tempo efforts on the turbo in the week.

Specifically, I'm quite keen to keep the weekend ride going just to maintain my sanity, but is there anything else I should aim to do on my 2/3 a week turbo sessions other than just riding tempo for an hour (Boring, trying to replicate endurance miles)?


Hope this makes sense and appreciate any advice.


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you may want to make 2 of your week session harder then tempo and the other one just a light spin in Z1-Z2.

That way you would get the most out of your limited time. Try including some higher intensity efforts during those 2 days. Things like micro-intervals and some 3-5 minutes hard stuff. Then ride the rest of your week and week end rides at endurance pace.

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Ok so realistically il have max 3 turbo sessions a week.
Make one of these a steady hour at tempo.
Make another same length but with some longer efforts (5mins) and rest.
Then final turbo session shorter but shorter, sharper intervals
Then top off with a steady ride at weekend?


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I'd proceed more like this:

day 1: short sharp stuff, modulate intensity so you get something like 4-6 min of total work if you nail it at supra max intensities or 15-20min total work volume if you go more toward high intensities (110-130% FTP).

idealy get a rest day or easy day

day 2: 3-4-5 minutes stuff at high intensity, same length rest

day 3: whatever, tempo, Z2

then week end ride

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I use that book as well. I think it's worthwhile to start doing one or two of the prescribed workouts, if only to develop a feel for them and have a baseline.


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