8-12hr/week Winter Training Plan - Marathon/XC MTB Athlete -W/Cross Training
Mike Schultz, CSCSAll plans by this Coach
This plan is a 12 week plan
This plan is ideal for the athlete who can commit 8-12 hours a week to training. This plan is focused with a touch more intensity packed into a shorter time frame each week, with longer workouts focused for the weekends. This plan will help time limited athletes prepare well through the winter training months.
This winter training plan is designed for the marathon/XC endurance focused athlete who is looking to improve muscle endurance and muscle strength through the winter season. This program also focuses on preparing your system to handle more endurance training and volume in the spring.
It is important for endurance athletes, especially those in colder climates, to focus on cycling specific strength and endurance through the winter months to prepare their systems for more volume and intensity in the spring and through the racing season.
This program includes one day a week to focus on cross training with other activities like XC skiing, hiking and running. Cross training activities in this program are scheduled on the weekends, along with an optional cycling workout for each cross training day. A cross training day is a good option for those who spend a lot of time indoors through the winter.
This plan is intended to be followed using heart rate and perceived exertion mainly. A Power meter can be used to view trends in power through each week and month but all of the workouts will revolve around the use of heart rate and bio feedback from feel, breathing, etc. Details on daily intensities are available daily to help guide you through this program.
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How it Works
Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|7:20 hrs||4:00 hrs|
Day Off x2
|0:45 hrs||1:00 hrs|
|2:12 hrs||3:00 hrs|
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||7:20 hrs||4:00 hrs|
||0:45 hrs||1:00 hrs|
||2:12 hrs||3:00 hrs|
Training Load By Week
This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- Heart Rate Monitor
- This plan includes a Free Basic TrainingPeaks Account.
- Access your training plan anywhere on the TrainingPeaks mobile and desktop apps.
- Track your performance with robust data tracking and detailed graphs.
- Plan for your event in the TrainingPeaks calendar.
- Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
- Syncs daily with other popular apps like Garmin and MyFitnessPal.
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