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Mountain Bike XC XCM: Winter/Pre-Season Elite (Pro/Cat 1), 3-Month, ~15 hrs/week


Jeremiah Bishop

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13 Weeks

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Plan Description

This highly motivated endurance mountain bikers-focused training plan is designed for experienced high level athletes looking to make big gains in the off season. This plan is appropriate for endurance and cross-country racing. The plan includes strength conditioning; cross training and core workouts for specific performance benefits that mountain bike athletes need. The plan accommodates training in moderate (seasonal) climates, to include some cross-training activity. My custom and fun bike workouts keep the training fresh, while building the important rock-solid foundation of fitness you'll need for a great season.

This training plan is a refreshing contrast to long/slow/distance training plans, and is unique in its maintenance of all systems. Like a professional rider, a little bit of intensity in your off season will make the transition to racing easier; this plan will show you how. This plan accommodates a full-time work schedule, with mid-week rides limited to 2.5 hours. This plan features one 4-day training block/camp during the final month: plan to schedule for this accordingly. Yoga is not incorporated in this plan. If you practice yoga, substitute out the short core workouts for your existing practice is great.

Consultation and customization of this plan is available. E-mail me, I would love to help you attain your goals!

Good luck and keep it fun!

Jeremiah Bishop


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
6:31 hrs 4:00 hrs
5:15 hrs 5:00 hrs
0:35 hrs 0:45 hrs
0:16 hrs 0:15 hrs
0:01 hrs 0:20 hrs
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
6:31 hrs 4:00 hrs
5:15 hrs 5:00 hrs
0:35 hrs 0:45 hrs
0:16 hrs 0:15 hrs
0:01 hrs 0:20 hrs
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter
  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Jeremiah Bishop

Bishop Training

Bishop Training is a style: fun, progressive, purpose-built training that incorporates cutting edge science with the know-how to win!

As a coach to World Tour road cyclists, mountain bike Olympians, and weekend warriors, I know what it takes to get the best performance from athletes of any level.

I provide coaching, consultations, custom training plans, personalized individual and group instruction and camps. I can help you achieve your performance goals.

Sample Day 1

Anatomical Adaptation Strength Exercises

Warmup with ten minutes of cardio and a few stretches. For exercises using weights, select a light weight and focus on your form.
Strength exercises: 2 sets x 20 reps of each. Record the weight and your perceived rate of exertion (PRE) for each. Ex: 20 lb., felt easy, 4 on a scale of 1-10.
1. Squats
2. Lunges
3. Leg Curls
4. Calf Raises or Jump Rope for 2 minutes
5. Barbell Step-ups OR single leg dead lift.
6. Seated Rows
7. Reverse Flies
8. Back Extension
9. Pull-ups or Lat Pull-down
10. Bench Press or Push Ups
11. Finish with some planks and you're done!

Sample Day 1

MTB Skills: Max Braking, Grass Slalom

Get in a good technical skills ride. Practice repeating a couple of hard-to-ride sections over and over until you perfect it. On a gradual grassy hill, set up a course with four s-shaped switchbacks using survey flags or water bottles. Practice riding downhill into the feature applying maximum breaking coming into the first grassy turn. Braking should be before you lean, so work on timing this correctly. Continue the slalom making any braking adjustments before each turn. Take each lap faster than the last until you're pushing the limit, but not crashing! Lead into each turn with your shoulders and hips aiming at the apex. Then try several laps using only the front brake; carefully increase your entry speed and lean back. Last, make a few runs using your rear brake only. To do this, you must brake earlier and reduce your speed! Pro riders: try a few laps with NO brakes; using rear wheel drift to adjust speed.

Sample Day 2

Endurance: Low Carb, Zone 3.

For this workout, a road ride is easier, but it can be done off road if you keep your cadence up. (85+ RPMs on the climbs!)
On a rolling course with mostly dirt roads, ride steady in Zone 3. Limit your time in Zones 1/2 to the downhills or where you have to back off the power. 
Your total time in Zone 3 is at least 90 minutes; working up to two hours as you get stronger.
If the average is below bottom of z3 hit a nice tempo block to POWER UP!

Sample Day 3

MTB Endurance: Cruise Tempo 3x45 Mins Steady State

Get out for a nice steady trail ride. Let the route be a little more open and rolling for some short tempo on the climbs. Find an efficient pace and practice being smooth through the trails.

Do three 45-minute blocks at non-stop Tempo HR. To keep your momentum, you might have power surges, and that's to be expected. Look to Normalized Power to hold steady but your heart rate to run to the top of Tempo/Zone 3 Keep pushing it toward the end! You got this!

Sample Day 3

If the weather is bad or time is short do this on the trainer: Endurance: Mountain Bike Ride Z 1-3 longer climbs.

Get out for a nice steady trail ride. Find an efficient pace, and practice flowing smoothly through the trails. Get in some short sections of Tempo on the climbs.
Normalized power and heart rate should be top of zone 2

Sample Day 4

Recovery Spin Flat or Rollers

You can dress very warm to increase blood flow to leg muscles.
Spin easy with a normal cadence. Select a flat route or spin on your rollers. You’ll be in high Zone 1; not total junk miles, more like light endurance. Get in a good stretch session afterward.

Sample Day 5

Bishop Core

Core Stability and Control Exercises Complete 2-3 sets of each: 1. Heel Taps 2. Quad Progression 3. Planks 4. Leg Lifts 5. Reverse Leg Lifts 6. Glute Medius: "Open Books" or Lateral Band Walking (Click on paper clip icon for complete exercise descriptions.)

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