Mountain Bike: Pre-Season Cat 1 Part 2 (Race Build), 8 week, ~13 hrs/week


Jeremiah Bishop

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8 Weeks

Typical Week

2 MTB, 3 Bike, 1 Other, 1 Day Off, 1 Custom

Longest Workout

4:00 hrs

Plan Specs

cycling mountain biking advanced masters power based hr based tss based

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This is the second block of my race winning Cat 1 training plan for mountain bikers. This plan hones race specific fitness; enhances coordination and technical speed. Unlike other plans my plan incorporates the skills need to perform on race day!

This high quality training plan is designed for experienced high-level athletes looking to make big gains in the pre-season. This plan is appropriate for mid endurance and cross-country racing. The plan includes strength conditioning; cross training and core workouts for specific performance benefits that mountain bike athletes need. 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 includes some cross training and strength conditioning work that does not require but could benefit from having access to a gym. This plan accommodates a full-time work schedule, with mid-week rides limited to 2.5 hours. 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!
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Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
Average Weekly Training Hours: 11:26
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 11:26
Average Weekly Breakdown

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.

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Sample Day 1

Strength Exercises - SM

Functional Strength Exercises. Two sets x 20+ reps of each; 2-second count going down, 1-second up! Speed of exercise combined with light weight creates the resistance. 1. Bosu Ball Squat Throws or Single-leg Squat/Bulgarian Squat 2. Speed Lunges with Medicine Ball: toss ball in the air. Then, as you catch the ball legs switch! 3.Hamstring Ball Curls 4. Calf Raises or Jump Rope for 2 minutes Stretch between sets. Repeat.

Sample Day 1

Endurance: Long Ride & RPM Focus

Get in a solid Zone 2/3 ride without much steep climbing. Keep the RPMs up! Aim to average 95 RPMs for the ride (100 RPMs on any climbs). This is tough to do at first. This workout teaches your body to fire your muscles even when they are tired. Add some spin-ups at the end if you need to boost your average cadence for the workout.

Sample Day 3

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.)

Sample Day 6

Endurance: Mountain Bike Ride Zones 1-3

Get out for a nice steady trail ride 2.5-3 hrs. Find an efficient pace, and practice flowing smoothly through the trails. Get in some long sections of Tempo on the climbs.
Normalized power and heart rate should be top of zone 2

Sample Day 7

MTB Endurance: Cruise Tempo 3x30 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 30-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 10

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 12

General Exploration Ride! 4-5 hours

Get out there and have an adventure. Zones 1-3 are ok, but just find a good route with 10,000ft/3300m of climbing. Some hike-a-bike is good for you to get some muscular challenge. Tempo when you're going uphill!

Mountain Bike: Pre-Season Cat 1 Part 2 (Race Build), 8 week, ~13 hrs/week

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