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40+ Masters 100 Mile Mountain Bike Race - Personal Record Plan

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Lynda Wallenfels

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12 Weeks

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Plan Description

Consistency – Strength – Skills – Intensity - Recovery

This plan is designed specifically for the 40+ Masters racer who is familiar with the 100 mile distance and has set a goal to finish the next one in a personal record time - go faster than you have before. It is designed with TrainingPeaks structured workouts to make the most of both indoor and outdoor riding opportunities. For outdoor training, power (watts), TSS and IF targets can be downloaded to your Garmin. For indoor training, download your plan to your favorite Smart Trainer app such as Zwift, Rouvy or Trainer Road.

A 20 year old athlete has different natural abilities and training requirements than a 40+ year old athlete and will thrive on a different training plan. The most obvious change with age is a slowdown in recovery. With age there is less time and room to absorb training mistakes. A Masters athlete excels on a targeted and specific plan. This LW Coaching Masters 100 miler Personal Record training plan works on a three week training cycle, two training weeks then one recovery week, to match fitness development and recovery cycle of the Master athlete.

Athletes “age” at different rates. This Masters 40+ plan might be appropriate for a 30 year old with naturally slow recovery.

Completing the 12 week LW Coaching Masters 40+ Cross Country Mountain Bike Base Training Plan prior to this Masters 100 miler Personal Record training plan is a recommended way to stack these training plans.

Consistency: This the most important factor for a Masters athlete. “Use it or lose it” is a big element in continued performance with age. The more frequent recovery weeks in this plan promote increased consistency by keeping the athlete below the overtraining, injury and burnout threshold.

12 week strength maintenance program: This Masters training plan contains a 12 week strength maintenance program to maintain muscular strength and bone density established during base training. Muscular strength increases resilience to injury, contributes to consistency and keeps you in the game as you age.

Weekly technical ride skills practice: Weekly skills practice is in this plan. Use it or lose it definitely applies to technical mountain bike ride skills for Masters. Stay smooth, ride efficiently with no mistakes, make up time on descents in races.

Weekly intensity sessions: This 100 miler Personal Record training plan contains weekly on the bike intensity sessions to increase speed and power building towards race day with neuromuscular power, threshold and VO2 max intervals.

Race execution practice: Endurance sessions contain specific fueling practice and guidelines covering calorie intake, hydration balance and electrolyte balance. 100 miler personal record pacing guidelines and race pace practice sessions build towards race day.

This plan is paced by power (watts), heart rate and perceived exertion. At a minimum, a heart rate monitor is recommended to follow this training plan. A power meter and smart trainer are optional (and highly advantageous) extras. A power meter or smart trainer is not required to successfully follow this training plan. In week one you will set heart rate zones, power training levels (if you have power available) and a performance benchmark with a field test. This test is repeated in week 6 to track performance improvements, power increases and check your heart rate zones are accurate.

Visit our LW Coaching website to ask training plan questions on our forum, read mountain bike specific training articles, learn new workouts and see what events our coaches and athletes have been racing.

Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x6
9:41 hrs 6:00 hrs
Other x4
0:55 hrs 0:19 hrs
Strength x3
1:53 hrs 0:45 hrs
Custom x2
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
9:41 hrs 6:00 hrs
0:55 hrs 0:19 hrs
1:53 hrs 0:45 hrs
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • GPS

All supported devices

Lynda Wallenfels

LW Coaching

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