BUILD - MTB XCO - Mountain Bike Races Under 3 hours

Training Load By Week
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 08:15


This plan is best applied 8-12 weeks ahead of your goal of XCO-cross-country mountain bike race under 3 hours. Ideally, you will have completed a general preparation or 'base' phase to establish fitness and cycling skills before this more specific block of training.

I have an 'offroad base' plan in the training peaks library as well (see all my plans -> https://www.trainingpeaks.com/coach/peterglassford#trainingplans )

Features Downloadable workouts for Garmin/Zwift/Trainer Road AND strength/core routines with Document for routine. Note that not all workouts have a download as some are very simple and better done by getting on your bike and going and having fun!

The plan can be adjusted from ~6-15 hours per week, more restrictive or larger volume plans are best done as 100% made for you 3 month plans (see below)

Strength/Core/Mobility is addressed and progressed to help you arrive healthy for your race.

Workouts provide options for outdoors or indoors depending on your location and weather.

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Note that if you have an irregular schedule or specific needs for scheduling/workouts I offer a 3 month 100% made for you plan for -> http://smartathlete.ca/training-plans/
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Thank you for checking out my plans!

Peter
info@smartathlete.ca

Sample Day 1
0:30:00
easy rec spin + prep bike

easy spin today. Include a 1-5 x 30sec spinups to max RPM to get activated. These are done by spinning 10sec fast / 10sec faster / 10sec max RPM (by feel). Gearing should be easier. The last couple spinups can be a bit harder but keep focus on very high and smooth RPM. The Overall RPE of ride very low Additionally, use today to make sure bike is 100% ready to go for upcoming training and/or races

Sample Day 2
0:50:00
Test/Race Prep Day ( RST PRD )

*Today is to get your body and mind ready for upcoming test or race. - * Triple check that bike works, bolts tight, tires are in good shape, devices working/calibrated. - -Overall RPE Of this ride should be LOW (5 / 10 ) but the few efforts should be 9.5-10/10RPE - WU: 15min building hr to 70-75%mhr *including some <5sec efforts and HIGH rpm work is great . - Main WO: = 4 x 45sec max efforts, each should be slightly harder and should be done mostly seated. - - at least 5min recovery bw easy pace to ensure no fatigue tomorrow - CD: spin down and remember to clean up, eat/drink promptly after your workout.

Sample Day 3
1:15:00
*Test - CP3 AND CP20

DO NOT DO THIS WITHOUT A PERFORMANCE METRIC (IE. NEED MORE THEN JUST HR or JUST TIME -- * if don't understand test/performance metric See this FAQ video http://youtu.be/lccnJuGlMiA or email - * CP3 done on Big Hill . Start on flat if not 3min (preride hill to guage) * Cp20 can be flat on a block or out and back (minimize wind influence) OR a long 20+min climb - WU: Like a race. Be sweating and activated before the workout. If you don't have a personal WU try 20-30min w. 3-4 x 45sec hard efforts with slightly higher cadence - Main WO: - Complete a 3min TT holding the best Power output you can for 3min - - 10min very easy spinning - - 20min TT holding best power output for 20min - CD: Spin easy to finish time - POST: TELL ME EVERYTHING ABOUT THE DAY AND INTERVALS AS BELOW: Cp3 - 330w, 145/155bpm, 90rpm, 2km, 2km/hr Cp20- 240w, 145/155bpm, 90rpm, 2k, 2km/hr

Sample Day 5
1:30:00
Road Endurance - Flat to Rolling

Flat to Rolling Terrain - Aim to be pedaling all ride. - Avoid coasting and big drops/spikes in HR - Limit efforts to 8/10 (ie. not sprinting) and try to match this with <80% MHR. Starting to notice your breath deepening or quickening is a good indicator you are leaving desired range. - overall RPE of ride should be 6-7/10 and average HR in 65-75% Max HR - limit muscular fatigue due to pushing at top of endurance zone the whole time or from hills or from hard efforts or from low rpm.

Sample Day 6
0:30:00
Your Choice !

FOCUS: Having fun and doing what seems right to you today. Some freedom from structure is rejuvenating. MainWO: Take today as you feel can be ride , hard-easy , long-short ... or crosstrain or off ! CD: Make sure to tell me about your day in detail .

Sample Day 8
1:30:00
2x10 and 2x2

wu: 10-30min as time allows
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2x10min max sustainable, 
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Rest 5min Between intervals
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2x2min, Rest 1min Between intervals
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Hold distances/speeds or watts as consistent as possible on efforts
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CD: skills / easy

Sample Day 9
2:00:00
Road Endurance - PEDAL

flat to rolling
try to be pedaling most of duration and keep rpm generally high
a few sprints or 'jamming' ok but mostly 60-80%MHR and pedaling

Peter Glassford
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