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MTB Base Training Plan (v7.3/10)

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MTB Base Training Plan (v7.3/10)

Includes Structured Workouts

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10 Weeks

Includes Structured Workouts

Structured Workouts automatically sync with compatible devices and guide you through workouts in real time.

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Plan Description

This Training Plan is for the cyclist who wants to prepare for a mountain bike race and has between 8 and 12 hours of training per week.

What monitoring equipment do you require to get the most out of this training plan?

A heart rate monitor is essential for the cycling sessions as the training zones are expressed in %FTP (%Functional Threshold Power)

Why use this training plan?

Base training is perhaps the single most important training phase of the year. Many athletes never reach their full potential because they neglect this critical phase of training

This training plan should form the first phase of your preparation and is meant to improve your aerobic fitness and sport-specific strength.

Base training prepares your body for the rigours of the next training phases which will include more training Volume and Intensity.

What can you expect?
This plan starts at 8 hours and 18 minutes and builds up to a maximum of 12 hours and 01 minute per week.

Week 1: Test Week
Weeks 2 to 5: Block 1 of Base Training
Weeks 6 to 9: Block 2 of Base Training
Week 10: Re-test Week

Access to Facilities
For the Bike Test, an indoor trainer or WattBike would be great, but access to a flat continuous riding circuit will suffice.

What is included with the training plan?
Included with this plan are sport-specific flexibility and core strength plans.
Access our FREE training tools to help you accurately set up your training zones.

How it Works

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
MTB x6
08:27:00 04:10:00
Other x2
00:32:00 00:20:00
Day Off x1
—— ——
Strength x1
00:28:00 00:40:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
08:27:00 04:10:00
00:32:00 00:20:00
Day Off
—— ——
00:28:00 00:40:00

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter

All supported devices

Coach Shamus

Mission statement.
To have a positive impact on the athletic performances of as many athletes as we can reach whether it be as small as a tweak of a program schedule or as massive as the total transformation of a life.

Company History
Established in 1993 we have grown from a handful of local elite triathletes on “cut-and-paste” plans to a network of athletes of varying abilities around the world being remotely coached with individualised training programs.

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