LEADVILLE TRAIL 100 MTB: Expert Plan, 12 Weeks, 10-16 hours/week

Average Weekly Breakdown
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 13:57

The Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race is a legendary race for a reason: it's HARD! But, you have a secret weapon; this plan has the key elements of my team Topeak-Ergon's sub-6-hour world record at Leadville Traill 100. This is a focused training plan for experienced competitive cyclists who balance training around a full-time job. It applies the training secrets of the pros along with other proven scientific methods. It’s exciting to share my custom workouts and insight that give me an edge at the toughest endurance races in the world. Unlike other 100-mile races, Leadville's lung-searing altitude, brutal climbs, and moon-like terrain make it a special challenge. If you have the motivation, this is the program that will help you achieve PR performance.

Requirements: Good base fitness (16 weeks of base training) and the ability to train 13-16 hours-a-week with the ability to ride 5-6 hours one day per week off-road. This plan includes a 4-day training trip (week 9 or 10) to higher elevation (5,000 feet higher than where you live/train). If this is not possible, you might do some hypoxic training for the last hour of each day for that week; but seek expert advice. Arriving in Leadville one week before the race is the most common arrival time for competitors. This timeframe will help performance and reduce risk of altitude sickness.

What Jeremiah Bishop’s Leadville 100 plan includes that you won't find anywhere else: • Daily race specific LV100 workouts for heart rate and power based; scaled by TSS • Top tips for tackling the lung-crushing altitude on race week • Testing protocols for honing in on what you really need • Nutrition protocols for optimizing your lipid power • Race day strategy and notes • Altitude-specific training block and workouts that benefit altitude performance • Optional initial phone consulting to customize your plan (Additional $80 fee)

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Sample Day 1
0:45:00
22TSS
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 13
1:30:00
Hike/rollers speed

General endurance with climbs at tempo zone 3,4 keep hr below LT.
Finish with 20 mins zone 2 but high Rpms 90+ rollers Get in spin ups if your cadence dips below 90!

Sample Day 44
1:15:00
70TSS
Skills: Fore Aft Balance (Can be moved to any other day this week.)

This day is specific to off road riding: lower your seat use a dropper or a dirt jump bike is even better!
Get in some pump track time for 30 minutes. See if you can double up on a few whoops by focusing on balance over the rear wheel.
Practice wheelie drops and step ups of increasing size.
Your chest should touch the seat if you're moving well.
Finish with wheelies!

Sample Day 50
1:30:00
63.4TSS
MTB Skills: Max Braking, Grass Slalom Optional or OFF

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 51
1:00:00
20TSS
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 53
3:30:00
126TSS
Skills: Fore Aft Balance (Can be moved to any other day this week.)

Try to get out for a good single track ride. zone 3 on the climbs some hike a bike is actually good.

This day is specific to off road riding: lower your seat use a dropper or a dirt jump bike is even better! 

At the end do some drills.
Get in some pump track time for 30 minutes. See if you can double up on a few whoops by focusing on balance over the rear wheel.
Practice wheelie drops and step ups of increasing size.
Your chest should touch the seat if you're moving well.
Finish with wheelies!

Sample Day 66
6:00:00
310TSS
Leadville Race Simulation

Get out there and have an adventure.  

Start with a good Sub-LT climb, and then find your groove hitting Zone 3 on most of the climbs. Tempo when you're going uphill!

Get some simple sugar and finish with one 20-minute all-out climb that's steep; see what you have left! Empty the tank!

If your legs are not completely destroyed, then finish with a couple sets of squat jumps and lunge jumps switching legs in fast succession.

Jeremiah Bishop
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