ZF18 Direct Power Coaching Phase 3

Plan overview

Weeks: 4

Duration: 2h 50m/week

Stress points: 150/week

Workouts: 11

Total duration: 11h 20m

Total stress points: 598

Zone distribution

Z1: 5h 41m

Z2: 53m

Z3: 1h 54m

Z4: 2h 40m

Z5: -

Z6: 12m

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Zwift Fitness have once again teamed up with Direct Power Coaching in 2018, and will be bringing you some exciting new plans to kick off your fitness goals and develop your performance throughout the year.

We have broken the training into 9 phases. Each phase will take approximately 1-2 months to complete. It will consist of 3 workouts per week, and an optional group recovery ride. 2 workouts per week will be in the official group workouts.

This next block is starting the journey into strength training.

The goals for this year is to lose unwanted pounds, develop a higher level of fitness and increase our threshold and performance.

Our Coach: Pav Bryan Bikes Etc Magazines Cycling Guru. Director and Head Coach at Direct Power Coaching and Nutritionally Fit. Team Manager at Direct Power Cycling Team. Pioneer of Truly Personal Coaching and Truly Personal Nutrition.

Responsible for a team of five coaches, Pav is a well-respected coach within the cycling community. Pav is experienced in public speaking and has presented numerous times around the world including being the 1066 Cycling Festivals Guest Speaker.

Pav loves donating his time to his local British Cycling Go-Ride club and nurturing the future of the sport. Pioneering the Truly Personal Coaching philosophy has seen his popularity among amateur athletes soar.

Please visit the DPC website for more information: directpowercoaching.com.

Join our community at facebook.com/groups/zwiftfitness/.


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Week 1

Workouts: 3

Total duration: 3h 11m

Total stress points: 164

Average workout:

Duration: 1h 4m

Stress points: 55

Zone distribution

Z1: 1h 42m

Z2: 11m

Z3: 30m

Z4: 45m

Z5: -

Z6: 3m

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Workout overview

Duration: 46m

Stress points: 37

Zone distribution

Z1: 41m

Z2: 2m

Z3: -

Z4: -

Z5: -

Z6: 3m

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Author: Direct Power Coaching (Zwift Fitness)

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop muscular strength

15 min warm-up

6x Seated Accelerations from almost standstill in your biggest gear. All out effort until you hit around 90 RPM. Zones not relevant during this session, workout guide power is an approximation

10 min cool-down

Stay seated throughout

Check out my Ultimate Recovery Guide, the most important part of training but very apt for strength training: http://www.directpowercoaching.com/ultimate-recovery-guide/

Stretching & foam roller guide:(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spB4VwprTIw)

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Workout overview

Duration: 1h 20m

Stress points: 74

Zone distribution

Z1: 34m

Z2: 6m

Z3: -

Z4: 40m

Z5: -

Z6: -

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Author: Direct Power Coaching (Zwift Fitness)

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop sustainable power or race pace

10 min warm-up

4x 10 min SS (90-95% of FTP). RPM +5 on previous FTP test. RPE 7-8. 5 min easy spin to split.

10 min cool-down

Here's a little DPC guide on motivation & positive mental attitude, this should help get you through these types of sessions: http://www.directpowercoaching.com/motivation-and-pma/

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Workout overview

Duration: 1h 5m

Stress points: 53

Zone distribution

Z1: 27m

Z2: 3m

Z3: 30m

Z4: 5m

Z5: -

Z6: -

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Author: Direct Power Coaching (Zwift Fitness)

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop sustainable power or race pace

10 min warm-up

3x 10 min 80-85% FTP, 5 min 95% FTP, 10 min 55% FTP. RPM should remain constant throughout at +5 on average from previous FTP test. RPE will be high but this is an achievable session.

5 min cool-down

Here's the DPC guide on motivation & positive mental attitude, this should help get you through these types of sessions: http://www.directpowercoaching.com/motivation-and-pma/

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Week 2

Workouts: 3

Total duration: 3h 18m

Total stress points: 184

Average workout:

Duration: 1h 6m

Stress points: 61

Zone distribution

Z1: 1h 36m

Z2: 13m

Z3: 30m

Z4: 55m

Z5: -

Z6: 4m

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Workout overview

Duration: 53m

Stress points: 48

Zone distribution

Z1: 45m

Z2: 4m

Z3: -

Z4: -

Z5: -

Z6: 4m

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Author: Direct Power Coaching (Zwift Fitness)

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop muscular strength

15 min warm-up

8x Seated Accelerations from almost standstill in your biggest gear. All out effort until you hit around 90 RPM. Zones not relevant during this session, workout guide power is an approximation

10 min cool-down

Stay seated throughout

Check out my Ultimate Recovery Guide, the most important part of training but very apt for strength training: http://www.directpowercoaching.com/ultimate-recovery-guide/

Stretching & foam roller guide:(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spB4VwprTIw)

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Workout overview

Duration: 1h 25m

Stress points: 79

Zone distribution

Z1: 34m

Z2: 6m

Z3: -

Z4: 45m

Z5: -

Z6: -

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Author: Direct Power Coaching (Zwift Fitness)

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop sustainable power or race pace

10 min warm-up

3x 15 min SS (88-93% of FTP). RPM +5 on previous FTP test. RPE 7-8. 10 min easy spin to split.

10 min cool-down

Here's a little DPC guide on motivation & positive mental attitude, this should help get you through these types of sessions: http://www.directpowercoaching.com/motivation-and-pma/

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Workout overview

Duration: 1h

Stress points: 57

Zone distribution

Z1: 17m

Z2: 3m

Z3: 30m

Z4: 10m

Z5: -

Z6: -

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Author: Direct Power Coaching (Zwift Fitness)

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop sustainable power or race pace

10 min warm-up

30 min 80-90% FTP, 10 min 95% FTP, 5 min 55% FTP. RPM should remain constant throughout at +5 on average from previous FTP test. RPE will be high but this is an achievable session.

5 min cool-down

Here's the DPC guide on motivation & positive mental attitude, this should help get you through these types of sessions: http://www.directpowercoaching.com/motivation-and-pma/

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Week 3

Workouts: 3

Total duration: 3h 15m

Total stress points: 196

Average workout:

Duration: 1h 5m

Stress points: 65

Zone distribution

Z1: 1h 28m

Z2: 12m

Z3: 30m

Z4: 1h

Z5: -

Z6: 5m

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Workout overview

Duration: 55m

Stress points: 57

Zone distribution

Z1: 44m

Z2: 6m

Z3: -

Z4: -

Z5: -

Z6: 5m

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Author: Direct Power Coaching (Zwift Fitness)

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop muscular strength

15 min warm-up

10x Seated Accelerations from almost standstill in your biggest gear. All out effort until you hit around 90 RPM. Zones not relevant during this session, workout guide power is an approximation

10 min cool-down

Stay seated throughout

Check out my Ultimate Recovery Guide, the most important part of training but very apt for strength training: http://www.directpowercoaching.com/ultimate-recovery-guide/

Stretching & foam roller guide:(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spB4VwprTIw)

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Workout overview

Duration: 1h 20m

Stress points: 82

Zone distribution

Z1: 27m

Z2: 3m

Z3: -

Z4: 50m

Z5: -

Z6: -

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Author: Direct Power Coaching (Zwift Fitness)

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop sustainable power or race pace

5 min warm-up

2x 15min + 1x 20min SS (88-93% of FTP). RPM +5 on previous FTP test. RPE 7-8. 10 min easy spin to split.

5 min cool-down

Here's a little DPC guide on motivation & positive mental attitude, this should help get you through these types of sessions: http://www.directpowercoaching.com/motivation-and-pma/

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Workout overview

Duration: 1h

Stress points: 57

Zone distribution

Z1: 17m

Z2: 3m

Z3: 30m

Z4: 10m

Z5: -

Z6: -

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Author: Direct Power Coaching (Zwift Fitness)

The Goal Of This Session: is to develop sustainable power or race pace

10 min warm-up

30 min 80-85% FTP, 10 min 95% FTP, 5 min 55% FTP. RPM should remain constant throughout at +5 on average from previous FTP test. RPE will be high but this is an achievable session.

5 min cool-down

Here's the DPC guide on motivation & positive mental attitude, this should help get you through these types of sessions: http://www.directpowercoaching.com/motivation-and-pma/

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Week 4

Workouts: 2

Total duration: 1h 36m

Total stress points: 54

Average workout:

Duration: 48m

Stress points: 27

Zone distribution

Z1: 55m

Z2: 17m

Z3: 24m

Z4: -

Z5: -

Z6: -

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Workout overview

Duration: 40m

Stress points: 15

Zone distribution

Z1: 29m

Z2: 11m

Z3: -

Z4: -

Z5: -

Z6: -

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Author: Direct Power Coaching (Zwift Fitness)

The Goal Of This Session: is to increase your leg speed & increase your efficiency

10 min warm-up

This session should be under geared so it is more about leg speed (cadence) than power so get your legs spinning with little resistance, the easy parts just reduce right off.

15 sec max 45 sec easy,
30 sec max 30 sec easy,
45 sec max 15 sec easy,
60 sec max 60 sec easy,
45 sec max 15 sec easy,
30 sec max 30 sec easy,
15 sec max 45 sec easy,

5 mins active rest then repeat.

Don’t worry about zones during this session.

9 min cool-down

Here's a guide on pedalling technique: http://www.directpowercoaching.com/how-to-pedal/

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Workout overview

Duration: 56m

Stress points: 39

Zone distribution

Z1: 26m

Z2: 6m

Z3: 24m

Z4: -

Z5: -

Z6: -

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Author: Direct Power Coaching (Zwift Fitness)

The Goal Of This Session: is to increase your leg speed & increase your efficiency 

10 min warm-up. 

On a downhill slope or a light resistance on trainer start spinning your legs, increasing your cadence every min until you reach your max without bouncing on the bike. Then maintain for as long as possible, time how long you hold your max then aim to beat it on next attempt. 

Recover for 3 or more min then repeat as many times as you can. 

10 min cool-down.

Note down the peak at which you started to bounce

Something to help with preparing mentally for this test: http://www.directpowercoaching.com/motivation-and-pma/

How did you do? Let us know via social media:

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instagram.com/directpowercoaching
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