XC/MARATHON MOUNTAIN BIKE: 12-Week Base Phase (2)

Average Weekly Training Hours 10:31
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 10:31
Training Load By Week

My 12-week XC/Marathon Base Plan is designed for cross country and marathon racers looking to improve their cycling fitness over the "non-competitive" part of the season (commonly referred to as the "off-season"). Although this is PART 2 of a 4-part program (Base Prep, Base, Race Prep, Race), you can begin with this phase if you have at least a few weeks of riding in your legs. The 12-week program includes our highly successful 12-week Stationary Trainer Series set of training sessions. The workouts are designed to improve your complete cycling ability for off-road racing of all distances, XC, marathon and ultra-distance. The series begins with leg-speed and cycling-specific strength development, then progresses to build aerobic endurance before adding in intervals at and above your lactate threshold. Included is a very detailed desciption of the equipment you'll need, target training zones, intervals and session layout. There are twelve 75-minute progressive workouts, intended to be performed 1-2 times per week. A progressive aerobic strength ride is included on the weekends as well as 1-2 additional endurance rides are included for maximum training gains. Following this plan, you will be ready to dig into your race specific training of your own or try our Race-Prep phase plan (part 3 of 4). Part 3 is event specific for your XC, Marathon or Ultra distance event that you are competing in (to find them, search "Cody Waite" in TP store). Included with your training plan purchase is the ability to email us with questions as you follow our plan: info@sessions6.com Good luck and have fun! DETAILS: -Ability Level: Intermediate to Advanced (adjustable by overall volume and volume of intensity) -Number of Weeks: 12 -Training Days per Week: 4-7 (written for 7 days, but can be consolidated to as few as 4) -Training Hours per Week: 7-15+ (depending on your preference of riding/aerobic volume) -Equipment Needed: gym equipment, trainer and HRM; power meter is preferred.

Sample Day 1
1:00:00
STRENGTH

If continuing from our 9-week Base Prep Program, today do Strength: 1x10 @ 50% 1RM + 2x5 @ 85% 1RM. If you are just starting strength program, start with Adaptation: 2x12-15 @ 40% 1RM.
Download attachment (upper right corner) for strength description.
Email us for complete exercises list and examples: cody@epcmultisport.com

Sample Day 2
1:15:00
TRAINER SERIES

Week 1.
Download attachment (upper right corner) for trainer workout descriptions.

Sample Day 3
1:30:00
AEROBIC RIDE

Easy to moderate paced ride over flat to rolling terrain. Road, MTB or Trainer. 1-2 hours.

Sample Day 4
1:15:00
TRAINER SERIES

Week 1

Sample Day 5
1:00:00
STRENGTH

If continuing from our 9-week Base Prep Program, today do Endurance/Power: 1x20 @ 50% 1RM + 2x6 @ 60% 1RM w/ resistance movement performed as quickly as possible, recovery movement slowly. 
If you are just starting strength program, today do Adaptation: 2x12-15 @ 40% 1RM.
See previous attachment for full details.

Sample Day 6
2:00:00
ENDURANCE BIKE/FTP

Spirited group ride and/or medium length ride at moderate effort. The more climbing you can get in the better.
Road, MTB, or trainer. 2-4 hours.

Sample Day 7
2:00:00
STRENGTH RIDE

4-6x5:00 strength intervals (4-8% grade hills).
Road, trainer or MTB on smooth dirt road. 1.5-3 hours.

Cody Waite
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Sessions:6 Sport Performance

Coach Cody is a USAT level 2 and USAC Level 3 coach. Through his training facility, Sessions:6 Sports Performance, located in Lakewood, Colorado, he has worked with hundreds of endurance athletes from across the country including: triathletes, cyclists, runners, and mountain bike racers of all ability levels. Cody has offered Personal Coaching, Custom Training Plans, and Stock Training Plans, Team Training Programs, Training Camps and sports conditioning programs since 2003.