Tour of Battenkill 2014 Training Plan

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Tour of Battenkill 2014 Training Plan

Juniper Swamp Road.  Joe Bean Road.  Meetinghouse Road.  Stage Road.  They are Battenkill's iconic climbs.  Now, get acquainted with the dirt of Harrington Hill Road.  The folks at Anthem Sports have seen fit to raise the bar (and your heart rate) with Battenkill's toughest route to date.  Conquer the 64.5 miles and 5100 feet of climbing that comprises America's Queen of the Classics with this stellar plan!  Build the fitness and the endurance you need to climb the podium in April!  Workouts will be based on Lactate Threshold Heart Rate or Functional Threshold Power (LTHR or FTP) which you can read more about in this post

Last year, plan users saw an average increase of 22% in their functional threshold!  Using TSS and CTL modeling, this plan is designed to keep building your fitness through a variety of creative workouts.

What the 2014 Tour of the Battenkill plan entails:

  • 20 weeks of training, broken down into 7 base weeks, 8 build weeks, 3 rest weeks and 2 peak weeks
  • Up to 10.5 hours per week of training (in build phase)
  • Build muscular endurance, leg speed skills and rise your functional threshold to survive the test of 65 grueling miles
  • Become proficient in the zone 4 and 5 work necessary to handle changes of pace in the field
  • Become confident riding on dirt roads by doing skills and workouts on unpaved terrain
  • Test your mettle with a “dress rehearsal” workout before tapering into your peak

About the Author:

After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science/Pharmacology, I continued my education with a doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College. As I progressed through my education, I was able to apply the concepts I learned in the lab to my own daily workouts and goals. At the time, I was following some of the principles of traditional coaching and getting mediocre results. Frustrated, I realized that if I could apply all my physiology, chemistry, nutrition and training knowledge, I could “build a better mousetrap” not just for my own training, but for other athletes. With this goal in mind, I started Tailwind Coaching, to help cyclists [with busy lives and limited training time] become stronger, faster, fitter and healthier. And while I may not be a ex-ProTour rider, an Olympic Coach or even a prolific race winner, I am something that most coaches are not: a regular guy just like you who has a job, a family and a desire to be a stronger cyclist.