Intelligent Cycling Training
Coach Hughes Cycling Training Programs
John setting course record at Boston-Montreal-Boston.
John has ridden seven 1200 kms: Paris-Brest-Paris 79, 87, 91, 95, 99, B-M-B 92, & the Rocky Mountain 04.
| I work with riders ranging from beginning endurance riders to ultra racers. This season I am coaching men and women, age 30s to 70s, training for first brevets, Super Randonneur (200, 300, 400 and 600 km brevets), 1200 km randonnées, double centuries, 12-hour events, road and MTB racing, and qualifiers for the Race Across AMerica (RAAM). I am coaching cyclists by e-mail in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.
I offer three different coaching programs:
|| Assessment, macro-cycle design, and weekly coaching. I interact once a week with the athlete. Cost is $275 for the assessment and macro-cycle and then $175 / month for the coaching.
|| Assessment, macro-cycle design, and monthly coaching. I interact once a month with the athlete. Cost is $275 for the assessment and macro-cycle and then $115 / month for the coaching.
|| Assessment, macro-cycle design, and multi-month training schedule for the athlete to follow. Depending on the number of months, the training schedule may be divided into several multi-month blocks. I interact with the client only once per block of months. Cost is $275 for the assessment and macro-cycle and $35 per month for the program design and monthly training sschedule. The cost of $35 per month is payable when I complete each block of months and there is no other monthly fee.
For the weekly, monthly and multi-month programs I start by assessing each athlete, which includes:
The assessment is done via e-mail.
- reviewing the persons medical and training history
- testing current aerobic fitness, anaerobic threshold, strength and flexibility
- discussing his/her goals for the season and the planned events
- talking about strengths and weaknesses
- identifying any significant time constraints
For each of the three coaching programs I then develop the macro-cycle (big picture month by month plan) leading up to the key event, e.g., a brevet, a double century, longer brevets, 1200K, multi-day tour, etc. The macro-cycle is usually divided into phases, for example:
- off-season preparation
- base training
- key event(s)
For each phase we determine the goals, any key events, the duration and the training volume (total hours for the phase and average hours per week). I also provide strength training exercises and a daily stretching program.
Cost of the assessment and macro-cycle is $275.
Once the macro-cycle is finished then I either work with the athlete on a weekly or a monthly basis.
If Im coaching weekly, I review the athletes workouts every week, answer questions, and then write new workouts. I.e., I interact once a week with the client.
If Im coaching monthly, I review monthly reports, answer questions, and write four weeks of workouts. I.e., I interact once a month with the client.
The workouts are based on the macro cycle and the athletes current fitness. Each plan specifies for each day:
- purpose of the training
- modality (road bike, mountain bike, cross-training, weights, etc.)
- duration (hours and minutes)
- the workout (endurance ride, hill climbs, intervals, etc.)
- the intensity (measured by perceived exertion, heart rate or power)
The workouts are sent each week/month by e-mail.
The athlete keeps a training log and sends weekly/monthly copies to me by e-mail. I review each log before writing the next workouts. We also chat by e-mail weekly or monthly about the athletes progress.
The cost for the weekly coaching is $175 / month. The cost for the monthly coaching is $115 / month.
Multi-Month Training Schedule
For the multi-month training plan, in addition to the assessment and macro-cycle, I write weekly workouts for each month along with notes on how to vary it week by week. I also provide a strength training and daily stretching program. For example, in base training the program might be:
- one 3 - 5 hour endurance ride in training zones 1 - 3
- the training zones will be defined in terms of perceived exertion, heart rate or power depending on the clients needs.
- two 1.5 to 2.5 hour rides in training zones 2 & 3
- three 30 minute weight lifting sessions (Ill specify the exercises)
- four 30 minute sessions of stretching, abs, and back core exercises (Ill specify the exercises)
- total: 9:30 - 13:30 hours
The athlete then determines the actual weekly workouts based on your work schedule and on the plan. Ill give you the building blocks for each month.
All of the information is in a Word document with complete instructions and an Excel spreadsheet with the actual workouts and space to track workouts.
The athlete does not provide training reports to me and there is only minimal ongoing interaction. The cost is $275 for the macro-cycle and assessment, payable at the start of working together with no monthly fee. As I submit the workouts for each phase the cost is $35 / month for the workouts in that phase.