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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.)