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Marji Gessick 100 Finisher Plan, 12 Weeks, 10- hours/week


Jeremiah Bishop

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12 Weeks

Plan Specs

cycling mountain biking intermediate advanced masters power based hr based tss based strength base period

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Plan Description

Marji Gessick 100 is the toughest America! You however have a secret weapon; this plan has the key elements of my preparation used to win and finish in under 10 hours! 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 like Leadville, the Marji has more single track and have many steeper climbs this is the program that will help you achieve a PR performance and get a shot at that belt buckle! Gym Running and Yoga are included in this plan. Seek the advice of a Doctor before starting any exercise regime.

Requirements: Good base fitness (14 weeks of base training) and the ability to train 10 hours-a-week with the ability to ride 5-6 hours one day per week off-road. Heart rate monitor, power meter optional but recomended.

What this plan includes that you won't find anywhere else: • Daily race specific NUE 100 workouts for heart rate and power based; scaled by TSS • Top tips for tackling race week • Testing protocols for honing in on what you really need • Nutrition protocols for optimizing your lipid power • Race day strategy and notes • Optional initial phone consulting to customize your plan (Additional $70 fee)

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Always consult a physician before taking on any extreme exercise like prescribed here, safety first when riding!


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
6:14 hrs 6:00 hrs
2:10 hrs 4:00 hrs
0:15 hrs 0:15 hrs
0:21 hrs 0:45 hrs
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0:01 hrs 0:20 hrs
0:23 hrs 0:45 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
6:14 hrs 6:00 hrs
2:10 hrs 4:00 hrs
0:15 hrs 0:15 hrs
0:21 hrs 0:45 hrs
—— ——
0:01 hrs 0:20 hrs
0:23 hrs 0:45 hrs

Training Load By Week

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

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

Strength Maintain Exercises Balance Mtb

Functional Strength Exercises:
Two sets of 20 to 30 reps of each. You'll move to a 2-second count going down, 1-second up! Your explosive speed combined with the use of light weight creates the resistance. A medicine ball or kettle bell can be used for these exercises. 

Bosu Ball Squats throws or Single-Leg  
Squat/Bulgarian Squat

Lunges with medicine ball toss
Hamstring Ball Curls.
Calf Raises or set of jump rope 2.5 mins
Stretch between sets..
Seated row or supine pull up  
Wobble board or slack line, alternately practice touching your shoulders and your toes with your hands for a few minutes.

Push Ups feet on ball.

Sample Day 2

Speed: 6-8 Form Sprint-Outs, 10 Minutes of Tempo

Get in a good half hour of Zone 2 and a 10-min block of Zone 3. Form Sprint-Outs are a combination of a sprint and a spin-up.
From a low speed, hit it out of the saddle, but don't shift, hold for 20 seconds. The
Idea is to get some snap and get a burn in your legs from holding maximum RPM but without the fatigue. The rest of your ride is endurance pace, but steady no coasting; flat route.

Sample Day 3

MTB Endurance: Cruise Tempo 2x45 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 2- 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 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.)

Sample Day 5

Test: CP 5/20 Pre-Fatigued (Bishop Protocol)

Get in a nice 20-minute warm-up with an 8-minute ramp to LT watts in the last 2 minutes.
Immediately do 3 rapid-succession bursts; but don't shift, just spin up to create a burn.
Then take 4 minutes easy 

MS: Next, go for it: one 5-minute all out. Punch it and hold it! 

10 minutes easy.  

Then time for a 20-minute TT. Get on there and see what you can do for the full duration around 85% of the 5-min power. The last 4 minutes of this is ALL OUT!

Look to average power and average heart rate for the 20 minute paced effort. Subtract 5% and viola this is very close to Lactate threshold.

You will know if this is correct because effort won't seem extreme when you do intervals at this effort and heart rate will remain stable and only climb slightly at this rate from the middle to end of a long block.

Sample Day 6

Skills: Technical rocks and roots/Bike Park.

Get in some pedaling time to a couple tough sections or descents you want to practice on. Session them.
Step one Is walk or ride slowly explore line
Step two is cleaning the section.
Step 3 is refining technical game by doing it flawlessly. 

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