6 Weeks MTB Cross Country Race Preparation, Cat 3 & Beginner (Workout Builder) Power. 5-6 hours
Simon KesslerAll plans by this Coach
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“Get Super Strong and Fit for Cross Country MTB racing!”
This training plan is highly specific to the type of efforts required for MTB racing and is ideal for Cat 3 and beginner level racers (see also Cat 1-2 plan). If you follow this plan you will be in great race fitness by the time your racing begins. The plan allows for racing to already begin on week 4 of the training plan. Week 6 is the first official race listed on the training plan and is a taper week leading up to this race weekend. This will ensure that you are fresh and ready to perform at your very best.
Training plan description: This training plan averages mostly 6 hours per week for around 330-420 TSS per week. Week day training (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) includes specific training and intervals that can be performed either indoors, or on the road or MTB using a power meter. Weekends include the option for group rides (road or MTB) and specific MTB rides. For these weekend rides we have listed corresponding heart rate percentages that go along with the power targets.
Prior to this plan you should have a good level of fitness and have been training consistently for 8+ weeks for a minimum of 5+ hours/week. The plan is in the Workout Builder format which provides personalized power targets for each training session and intervals, calculated automatically from your Threshold number saved in your TrainingPeaks account. Additional benefits of the Workout Builder format include direct training session download to your Garmin or Wahoo device and training session upload to Zwift, TrainingRoad, CycleOps and more.
Designed by former professional and multiple national champion coach Simon Kessler of Simon Says Cycling, coach Simon has coached for 25+ years and has enjoyed an incredible track record as a coach which includes state and national champions on multiple continents in road, track and mountain biking. Some of Simon’s clients have won world championship medals and worn the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. With this plan you receive 30+ years of top level experience in a super effective training plan that will lead to fast improvements.
Purchasing this plan includes: Email support from coach Simon directly to get your questions answered plus 1 month access to our membership community with Facebook live coaching calls every Wednesday & additional information on nutrition, race day preparation, strength training, warm-up protocols, mental training audios, and much more!
Training for another race or personal improvement goal? Checkout our other training plans for racing (road, time trial, criterium), centuries, gran fondos, base training, power gains, and more. Visit: simonsayscycling.com
This training plan starts on a Monday
The plan is reuasble an unlimited amount of times
This plan is built for training with power
Designed with the new Workout Builder - offering you more precise training with exact power targets calculated automatically from your threshold power (FTP) saved in TrainingPeaks
Download each session automatically to newer version Garmin devices with the TrainingPeaks IQ Garmin Connect App or to your Wahoo Elemnt or Elemnt Bolt with the Wahoo Companion App
Download each session in many different files formats compatible with: Zwift, Wahoo, Trainer Road, Cyclops and more
Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|6:27 hrs||1:50 hrs|
Day Off x1
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||6:27 hrs||1:50 hrs|
Training Load By Week
This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- Power Meter