8 Week Iceman Cometh Training Plan

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Cooler mornings and slightly shorter days means Iceman is starting to creep up! Iceman is one of best events we have in Michigan. Many of you sign up because it’s a good challenge and, in a sick way, it sounds fun. This training plan is just like last years but we’re getting after it 2 weeks earlier. Remember, while you’re training and racing to have fun! This training plan is a guide and should give you some ideas. This isn’t a special formula that you have to follow. If you put time in on your bike you’ll do great. This training plan has you putting in 6-8 hours a week. Most training for Iceman can be done on the road but try and make it to a trail at least once a week. As the days get shorter you may end up doing a few of these workouts on the trainer. At the bottom I added a video of last years race from my handlebars that is a good one to watch on the trainer. With light technology these days you can avoid the trainer and even start your workout in the dark. The longer endurance rides try and get outside.

This training plan has you riding 4 days a week. You can have a great Iceman riding 3 days a week…but studies have shown you can gain a lot by training 4 days instead of 3 days a week. The gains training 5 days a week are still there but aren’t as great. Everyone has different schedules so you’ll have to figure out what days you have time to do what workout. Make sure the intensity workouts you are well rested. For all the workouts make sure you’ve had something to eat before. Doing workouts tired or on an empty stomach aren’t as effective. At the bottom I’ve listed a few good races and events that can help you train and put in miles without doing it on your own.

Race Day Tips:

If you’re traveling to the race bring clothing for all conditions. The last two years have been full on Niceman with the most amazing weather. We’re due for some nasty weather or will global warming shine on us? Even the morning of the race bring a decent amount of clothing to the start incase the weather changes. The thing people like about Iceman is the unknown of what conditions you’ll be dealing with on race day. Kalkaska were the race starts can be a little colder then the finish so look at the weather for Kalkaska and Traverse City.

As far as the race goes save some energy for the final 3rd of the race as that’s were the hills are and you’ll need some legs. You can save energy in the beginning by staying calm in the singletrack sections. If you get caught behind someone slow take a second to recover until there is time to pass. Trying to pass when there’s no room is risky and wastes energy.

Post race is a great time to tell race stories with your friends and those around you. Try and get your sweaty wet clothing off and slip into something dry as you’ll be able to hang out longer without getting chilled. Stay after and hang out at the Velo City Cycles tent and cheer on the Pro/Elite riders as they come in! My favorite part of the race last year was hearing the roar from our tent area as I came past to finish 8th in the Pro/Elite field. Thanks for catching the moment Wade Burch!

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Week 1 : Build

Day 1: Ride 1.5-2 hours steady: Go ride a trail or road (Zone 2).

Day 2: Ride 1-1.5 hours temp intervals. 10min warm up 2 x 20 min. at a hard temp with 5 min easy spinning between. During the 20 minutes you should have good pressure on the pedals. Don’t go to hard. We want you to feel good pressure on the pedals at the end of 20 minutes.

Day 3: 2 hours endurance ride zone 2. Just go ride. Don’t worry about how far or hard you go. You’re just putting time in the saddle.

Day 4: This is a good day to find a fast group ride or go hard. Push yourself a little. If you can’t make a group ride shoot for 1.5 hours at temp Zone 3 with 3 10 minute sections during the ride where you lift the pace to Z4.

Week 2 : Build

Day 1: Ride 1.5-2 hours steady: Go ride a trail or road (Zone 2).

Day 2: Ride 1.5 hours like the week before but we are adding a 20 min. interval. 10min warm up 3 x 20 min. at temp with 5 min easy spinning between.

Day 3: 2.5 hours endurance pace Zone 2

Day 4: Fast group ride or event. If not workout would be to go to a trail that has a good 20-30 min. lap. Do two laps: First lap just ride and find your flow but time yourself. Second lap go for it and try and beat your first lap time. Set a benchmark for yourself on that trail. In the coming weeks you can test yourself again. Please be respectful of others on the trail even if you’re trying to set a good time.  

Week 3: Build

Day 1: Ride 1.5-2 hours steady: Go ride a trail or road (Zone 2).

Day 2: Ride 1.5 hours with long intervals: (20 min warm-up) 3×10 min at a solid tempo (Upper Zone 3). 10 min easy between.

Day 3: 2-3 hours endurance ride zone 2. Just go ride. Don’t worry about how far or hard you go. You’re just putting time in the saddle.

Day 4: 1 hour Intensity: If you have a local race do it! If you’re going to go training do a 15 min warm-up then do the following 2 times (2 minutes zone 4, 2 minutes easy, 1 min 40 seconds zone 4, 1 min 40 seconds easy, 1 min 20 seconds zone 4, 1 min 20 seconds easy, 1 min zone 4, 1 min easy, 40 seconds zone 4, 40 seconds easy, 20 seconds zone 4, 20 seconds easy.  After doing this 2 times do 15 min easy.

Week 4: Recovery

Day 1: Ride 1-1.5: Fun ride at a trail or a favorite easy loop. Take it easy and smell the leaves.

Day 2: Ride 1.5-2 hours steady: Go ride a trail or road (Zone 2).

Day 3: Ride 2 hours Zone 2

Day 4: Ride 1 hour fun intensity: Do a local race or head out on the road or trail and mess around with going fast when you feel like going fast. Going fast for 1 hour isn’t necessary. More like go hard up a couple hills or sprint for a stop sign or two.

Virtue Cider Gravel Fondo October 1 

Week 5 Build

Day 1: Ride 1.5-2 hours steady: Go ride a trail or road (Zone 2).

Day 2: Ride 1.5 Hours with intervals: 20 minute warm up, 4 times 5 min at threshold zone 4. Take 5 minutes easy between each interval. 20 min easy to warm down.

Day 3: 2-3 hours endurance ride zone 2. Just go ride. Don’t worry about how far or hard you go. You’re just putting time in the saddle.

Day 4: 1 hour Intensity: If you have a local race do it! If you’re going to go training do a 10 min warm-up then the following: 4 times 5 min of 40 seconds hard zone 5 20 seconds easy with 5 min easy between each 5 minute interval. 10 min warm down after.

Week 6: Build

Day 1: Ride 2 hours steady: Go ride a trail or road (Zone 2).

Day 2: Ride 1.5 Hours with intervals: 20 minute warm up, 4 times 5 min at threshold zone 4. Take 5 minutes easy between each interval. 20 min easy to warm down.

Day 3: 2.5-3 hours endurance ride. Just go ride. Don’t worry about how far or hard you go. You’re just putting time in the saddle.

Day 7: 1 hour Intensity: If you have a local race do it! If you’re going to go training do a 15 min warm-up then the following 2 times (2 minutes hard Zone 4, 2 minutes easy, 1 min 40 seconds Zone 4, 1 min 40 seconds easy, 1 min 20 seconds zone 4, 1 min 20 seconds easy, 1 min zone 4, 1 min easy, 40 seconds zone 4, 40 seconds easy, 20 seconds zone 4, 20 seconds easy.  After doing this 2 times do 15 min easy.

Week 7: Build

Day 1: Ride 2 hours steady: Go ride a trail or road (Zone 2).

Day 2: 1.5 Intervals: 20 minute warm up, 4 times 5 min at threshold zone 4. Take 5 minutes easy between each interval. 20 min easy to warm down.

Day 3: 2.5-3 hours endurance ride zone 2. Just go ride. Don’t worry about how far or hard you go. You’re just putting time in the saddle.

Day 4: 1 hour Intensity: If you have a local race do it! If you’re going to go training do a 10 min warm-up then 10 times 1 minute Zone 5 1 minute easy. 10 minutes easy then 5 times 40 seconds Zone 5 hard 20 seconds easy. 10 minutes warm down.

 Week 8: Recovery

Day 1: Ride 1-1.5: Fun ride at a trail or a favorite easy loop. Take it easy and smell the leaves.

Day 2: Ride 1.5 hours steady: Go ride a trail or road (Zone 2).

Day 3: Pre ride the finish of the race before or after picking up your packet. Remember you’re not racing yet. I’ve seen people out riding the finish the evening before the race going faster then they will be in the race. It’s okay to get your heart rate up a little while you’re riding the finish the day before but save it for the next day!

Day 4: Race Day!!  Warm-up can be rolling around before the start and maybe throwing in there a minute or two of tempo. Otherwise use the road section at the start to warm up.

Training Zones:

Training zones can be done using power, heart rate or feel.  When using feel we use the RPE (rate of preserved exertion) scale. 1 being this is easy to 10 being my goodness made it stop.

To figure out your training zones from power or heart rate you need to do a field test. This is easiest done on a trainer. After a solid warm up you will do a 20 minute effort as hard as you can go without slowing down. Try to average the highest power that you can for the duration. Don’t go out to hard and pay the price later. We want you to finish strong. After you’ve done 20 minutes we want your average HR for the 20 minutes. This we’ll call your FTP or functional threshold power. We then calculate that as a percentage to get your zones. Below in the zone chart you’ll see what % off of your average HR is appropriate for each zone. If you’re using power take your average wattage and multiple by .95 and that will give us your FTP. Below on zone chart you’ll see what percentage of your FTP each zone should be.

Zone 1: Active recovery, Easy Spinning, RPE <2 (HR <68%) (Power <55%)

Zone 2: Endurance, All day pace or classic long slow distance, RPE 3-4 (HR 69-83%)(Power 56-75%)

Zone 3: Tempo, fast group ride paceline, RPE 5-6 (HR 84-94%)(Power 76-90%)

Zone 4: Lactate threshold, above time trial pace, RPE 7-8 (HR 95-105%)(Power 91-105%)

Zone 5: Vo2 Max, This hurts a lot!! RPE 8-10 (HR 106-120%)(Power 106-120%)

 

Lord of the Springs gravel road race and singletrack September 16

Pedal the Providences September 16

Virtue Cider Gravel Fondo October 1

Mountain Bike-tober Thursday Practice races

Kisscross Cyclocross races

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