Mountain Bike - Preparation - 5 minute Builder 
Coach Joseph MaloneyAll plans by this Coach
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5 minute efforts are a critical effort level for speed in Cross Country as well as for having the extra kick of effort at the end of those longer Marathon events. Building up you 5 minute efforts will give you more capacity to train the specifics later in the season. To execute this plan, follow the threshold based targets for all the workouts except the 5 minute workouts.
For the 5 minute workouts
Week 1: Use the % threshold target and range as a guideline to help you pace yourself. But focus on maximizing your average power for the intervals, see how high an average you can do each time. Of the 3 intervals, take the middle effort in terms of average power, and use that for you target for the workouts next week.
Week 2: Taking your middle interval in terms of average power as a target, complete all three intervals with the goal of all of the them having an average power above the target.
Week 3: If you were able to successfully match the target from the week before, increase your target by 10 more watts for this week. If not, keep the target the same.
Week 4: This week will be a rest week. Focus on keeping the effort levels within the ranges and getting some recovery time. There will be no 5 minute efforts this week.
Week 5-8: Take your power target from week 3 and use it for week 5. Each week, if you were able to hit the target the week before, increase the target by 10 watts and keep all 5 intervals above that target.
Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|5:00 hrs||2:20 hrs|
Day Off x2
|2:37 hrs||3:00 hrs|
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||5:00 hrs||2:20 hrs|
||2:37 hrs||3:00 hrs|
Training Load By Week
This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- Power Meter