Cross Country Build (Sport/Cat 2)

Average Weekly Training Hours 11:11
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 11:11
Training Load By Week

This mountain bike training plan is designed for a Sport or Cat 2 mountain biker. This training plan is both heart rate and/or power compatible. You can use either method. If you are using a power meter, you will be both tested at the beginning of the program to set up your training zones/levels, and also 6 weeks into the program to measure your progress and set up your zones based off your improvements. This is a great training plan to start 4-8 weeks before your first race of the season. This 2 month mountain bike training plan will build your high end, or race fitness. This will better prepare you for your race season. The focus of this training plan includes increases in your VO2max, nueromuscular power, and threshold. In addition to this there are strategically placed workouts meant to maintain your aerobic power built up prior to this. You will need access to a heart rate monitor and/or power meter and will need to know how to use it. You can do the training on a road or mountain bike. You will receive an introductory power document that will help you train better with your power meter with this training plan. With this program you will also receive nutritional information, a detailed description of heart rate zones, and a start-up guide that introduces you to interval training. Expect the following from this plan: *8-13 hours of riding per week *6 days of riding per week(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) *1 off day per week(Monday) *All rides that are longer than 2 hours will be scheduled on weekends *Rides during the week range from 1-2 hours *Clear and precise instructions on how to execute each workout *You will establish your Heart Rate Zones within the first week of training

Sample Day 2
0:45:00
Easy ride

Today is an easy ride. Do not over do it! Tomorrow will be tough, and this ride will make sure you are prepared for the hard ride tomorrow. RPE for this ride should be a 3-4 out of 10(see attachment with start up for basics on RPE).

Sample Day 3
1:30:00
30 minute LT bike test

BT: Warm up with 20 minutes of easy to moderate spinning. Then ride a 30 minute time trial on flat course. Punch HR monitor 'lap' button 10 minutes into Time Trial. Average heart rate for last 20 minutes predicts Lactate threshold heart rate (LTHR). Follow the instructions in the attachment that came with your program purchase for details on what to do with this number.

Sample Day 4
1:30:00
Easy ride with 90% one legged drills

Ride Zones 1-2 only today. Within the ride include 20 minutes of one legged work, where one leg does 90% of the work while the other leg "loafs". While perfoming this drill, attempt to push your toes to the front of your shoe at the top of the pedal stroke, and scrape dirt off your shoes at the bottom of the pedal stroke. Attempt to eliminate all dead spots and become more efficient!

Sample Day 5
1:19:59
Endurance Moderate Effort

Ride Zone 2-3 today. Keep the pace steady and consistant at a comfortable cadence(80-90rpm)

Sample Day 6
3:30:00
Hard mtb ride

Ride all zones today. Push the climbs, relax and recover on the downhills. Aim to progressively get faster as the ride goes on. Finish off with 10-15 minute cool down easy in Zones 1-2 only.

Sample Day 7
2:00:00
Endurance Moderate Effort

Ride Zone 2-3 today. Keep the pace steady and consistant at a comfortable cadence(80-90rpm)

Sample Day 9
1:40:00
LT Intervals 2 x 20 criss cross

Warm up well with 20-30 minutes of spinning and 3-4 x 60-90 second accelerations to Zones 4-5. Follow this with 2 x 20 minute intervals building up to Zones 3-4. Within each 20 min interval criss cross from Zone 3 to Zone 4 every 2 minutes. Take 15 minute rest between intervals. Finish off with easy spinning in Zone 1 only.

Drew Edsall
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Coachdrewedsall.com Llc / Mtbfitness.com

My name is Drew Edsall, I am a mountain bike coach and former professional mountain biker. I have had the pleasure of coaching many of the top riders in the World in all age categories including a Pan Am Games Gold Medal Champion in 2016, U23 Silver Medalist both in 2016 and 2017, and multiple National / State Champions / Collegiate Champions. My specialty is mountain bike coaching. You can find more information at either one of my websites: coachdrewedsall.com or mtbfitness.com