BASE - Offroad = MTB, Gravel, Cyclocross - General Preparation with Downloadable workouts + strength

Average Weekly Breakdown
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 05:39

3 months of Base/General Prep Period training to get you fit and ready for discipline-specific off-road preparation

This is for Gravel, cyclocross, mountain bike athletes. Those athletes focused on off-road disciplines.

This plan is best applied 5-8 months ahead of your competition season to allow 3+ months of specific/Build phase for cyclocross.

Features Downloadable workouts for Garmin/Zwift/Trainer Road AND strength routines with Document for routine.

The plan is generally under 8 hours a week with options noted to extend or reduce as your schedule dictates

This plan builds your capacity for tempo/sweet spot while also working on skills like single-leg pedaling (and clipping in). Strength/Core/Mobility is addressed and progressed to help you arrive healthy for your specific cyclocross phase.

Workouts provide options for outdoors or indoors and some cross-training depending on your location.


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Note that if you have an irregular schedule or specific needs for scheduling/workouts I offer a 3 month 100% made for you plan for only $99 -> http://smartathlete.ca/training-plans/
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Please feel free to email me peterglassford@gmail.com for more information or to apply for a 3-month Custom plan f

Thank you for checking out my plans!

Peter

Sample Day 1
0:45:00
24.87TSS
Recovery Spin 45 ( DL2)

very easy spinning on bike - Avoid sprinting, low RPM and sustained effort RPE should be 5 or less out of 10 - "like a walk on the bike" - no hard breathing, make it social, move gently for duration. - A small break to socialize/errands/coffee or to sit in the sun is great - do not fall into the trap of training on recovery days

Sample Day 2
0:10:00
Your Core Routine - Commit to 10 min !

Daily Core
- We all say we 'should' do core/strength/stretch but when are you going to go to the gym?
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the daily 10 min core is the MOST successful intervention I have seen to GET IT DONE
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This Document can provide ideas but please make it your own! Use your surroundings whether that is a hotel gym, a hotel room or your own 'training cave'
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17WYmZ7bE-eX215ZIVYyqI0izBcw2BQZO-yWe2X2d7Ro/edit?usp=sharing

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the idea with this workout is to incorporate some full body motion daily. this is in your calendar to provide a focus and reminder. This can be done in the morning while breakfast cooks, or before/after your ride.
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Note: pick 5-10 exercises and rotate through them for 10 mintues. Think about variety for front/sides/back and get standing in some lunge or single leg stances as well.
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Use any physio/injury/mobility / yoga exercises you are 'supposed' to do or that you enjoy!


-Set a timer and do work! - we want 10-15 MIN of work where we progress reps/load/challenge just a bit each day/week. Some days will be stronger than others as your training/life load dictates but work through and pay attention to what your body is saying to you!
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Example routine (10-20 reps or 20-60 sec each)
-> Back Ext. laying on ground

-> deadbug - lay on back raise/lower alt. side

-> Bird dog - on hands/knees - alt lit limbs

-> BEARDOG ( birddog with knees lifted 1 inch)

-> Plank Alternates (arm, leg and/or both lifts)

-> Crab walk or crab position leg ext

-> Glute Bridge - two and/or one leg

-> Side PLANK / CLAM shell - add leg lifts

-> Scissor leg lift/lowers (on back) keep low back pinned to ground*****

-> Back extension

-> 1 Leg romanian DL (Airplanes)
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more ideas from ANYWHERE CORE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UROjg4KKeco
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'Foundation' Core / back 12 min routine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wA5SokVgHA

Sample Day 3
0:56:00
94.17TSS
Test - CP3 AND CP20 (DL2) short

Note: The Download file is there to guide your timing if you like. Do not use ERG mode unless you can adjust the loading based on the day.
-Today is a 'test' day - this is just a workout. Prepare like race day but your only task is to pedal hard and be motivated. These are very valuable simulations of race day. Always finish tests and races to hone your ability to achieve PERFORMANCE ON DEMAND. Do what you can TODAY
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Common errors: Not calibrating, not having power or repeatable distance, underfueling in day/morning before, eating too close to test, Not having fan/cooling indoors, using different devices.
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* if don't understand test/performance metric See this FAQ video http://youtu.be/lccnJuGlMiA or email
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Where: Ideally on a big hill but use what you have. A trainer, rollers or local concession/industrial block work fine. Ideally you can go to same spot to do test so you can compare distance as well as wattage.
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**for trainer/zwift USE MANUAL MODE so you control wattage/output
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WU: Like a race. Be sweating and activated before the workout. Customize this to your preference so you are familiar on race day.
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If you don't have a personal WU try 20-30 min w. 3-6 x 45-60 sec hard efforts with slightly higher cadence. Aim to have HR close to threshold/race average HR by end of warmup.
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Main WO:
- Complete a 3min TT holding the best Power output you can for 3min. Do not pace for the 20min, this should be very hard/fast.
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- 10min very easy spinning. Try to keep this duration the same between tests to gauge recovery ability.
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- 20min TT holding best power output for 20min, a 10-30sec hard start then settle in a bit below target watts for first 10min is usually the best strategy.
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CD: Spin easy to finish time
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POST: TELL ME how you felt, strategy and anything about the days before, list key workout data (you should see this on your device as you finish interval) :
Cp3 - 330w avg , max HR = 180bpm
Cp20- 240w, max HR = 170bpm

Sample Day 4
0:10:00
Your Core Routine - Commit to 10 min !

Very important this is paired with another activity like waking up, or starting your ride and done daily.

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Note: pick 5+ exercises and rotate thru. Think about variety for front/sides/back and get standing in some lunge or single leg stances as well

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We are trying a method of getting core/strength in with minimal 'effort' and ensuring we establish a routine. This is best done right out of bed before breakfast - some people will start coffee/breakfast and get it done = some do it right out of bed .

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-Set a timer and do work! - we want 10-15 MIN of work where we progress reps/load/challenge just a bit each day/week.

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You pick the core moves to do.

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I recommend SEVERAL from these:
-> Back Ext.

-> deadbug - lay on back raise/lower alt. side

-> Bird dog - on hands/knees - alt lit limbs

-> BEARDOG ( birddog with knees lifted 1 inch)

-> Plank Alternates (arm, leg and/or both lifts)

-> Crab walk or crab position leg ext

-> Glute Bridge - two and/or one leg

-> Side PLANK / CLAM shell - add leg lifts

-> Scissor leg lift/lowers (on back) keep low back pinned to ground*****

-> Back extension

-> 1 Leg romanian DL (Airplanes)
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more ideas from ANYWHERE CORE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UROjg4KKeco
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'Foundation' Core / back 12 min routine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wA5SokVgHA

Sample Day 5
0:52:00
59.3TSS
MAF Test - 30min sub max HR for Distance

* on trainer or track or around a 2-10min loop to see how far you go in 30min at a SUBMAXIMAL HR. - *You will ride at or just below Maf HR. We want to see how fast you can go at an easy pace. Over time we want this pace to get faster. - => MafHR is 180-AGE, add 5bpm if training has been going perfect, no sickness/injury in last year. * USE PAST MAF HR IF HAVE DONE BEFORE - WU: Slowly build HR to your Goal MaF HR over 20-30min. - MAIN WO: = Once you are just under MAF HR Press LAP on your device and start the 30min effort - Press Lap every 10min to get an idea of how your pace is changing. - = Your only goal is to keep HR 0-3bpm UNDER the Maf HR , back off if you are at MAF HR - = WE Expect the speed/wattage to drop each Lap over the 30min . Do not fight this or stress ! - CD: = Finish time easy endurance - - POST : Please post the values for each Lap: - AVG HR / Speed / Distance / Watts / Cadence 1) 145bpm / 30km/hr / 3km / 200w / 90rpm 2) 145bpm / 29km/hr / 2.7km / 190w / 88rpm 3) ...

Sample Day 5
0:20:00
Add 20 min core after ride (or first thing in morning)

pick 5-10 exercises and rotate through them for 20 mintues.
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Think about variety for front/sides/back and get standing in some lunge or single leg stances as well.
-
Use any physio/injury/mobility / yoga exercises you are 'supposed' to do or that you enjoy!

-
Example routine (10-20 reps or 20-60 sec each)
-> Back Ext. laying on ground

-> deadbug - lay on back raise/lower alt. side

-> Bird dog - on hands/knees - alt lit limbs

-> BEARDOG ( birddog with knees lifted 1 inch)

-> Plank Alternates (arm, leg and/or both lifts)

-> Crab walk or crab position leg ext

-> Glute Bridge - two and/or one leg

-> Side PLANK / CLAM shell - add leg lifts

-> Scissor leg lift/lowers (on back) keep low back pinned to ground*****

-> Back extension

-> 1 Leg romanian DL (Airplanes)
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more ideas from ANYWHERE CORE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UROjg4KKeco
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'Foundation' Core / back 12 min routine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wA5SokVgHA

Sample Day 6
0:30:00
Your Choice !

FOCUS: Having fun and doing what seems right to you today. Some freedom from structure is rejuvenating. MainWO: Take today as you feel can be ride , hard-easy , long-short ... or crosstrain or off ! CD: Make sure to tell me about your day in detail .

Peter Glassford
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