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MTB XCO 12 week Base Builder plan - Beginner - Power

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MTB XCO 12 week Base Builder plan - Beginner - Power


Andrew Watson

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12 Weeks

Plan Description

This beginner base season XC plan is built using downloadable power/wattage workouts which range from 45 minutes to 2 hours long for MTB racers who are targeting XCO races from 60-90 minutes long. This exact same plan is also available prescribed by heart rate or RPE(rate of perceived exertion) in my training plan library.

The focus of this plan is to build your aerobic fitness progressively while also building specifc XCO capacity to handle the unique demands of the cross country olympic distance. This plan also includes dedicated time to practice you mountain bike skills.

This is a great plan to start your training season off with in the late fall or early winter. This plan uses a 3 week training cycle of 2 weeks ON and 1 Week recovery.

Once complete check out the 6 week MTB Build plan to continue to progress towards your race season.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
MTB x3
02:04:00 01:30:00
Bike x3
03:18:00 02:00:00
Strength x2
00:50:00 00:30:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
02:04:00 01:30:00
03:18:00 02:00:00
00:50:00 00:30:00

Training Load By Week

Andrew Watson

AWI Coaching

Andrew Watson coaching philosophy is athlete centered and based on scientific training methods with a focus on progression, consistency and attainable goal setting. Andrew utilizes Heart Rate, Power and muscle oxygen sensor data to prescribe individualized training programs and WKO to review data.

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