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7-9hr/week Beginner Winter Training Plan - XC MTB Athlete


Mike Schultz, CSCS

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12 Weeks

Plan Description

This plan is a 12 week plan

This plan is designed for either an athlete who is just starting into the sport of mountain biking or for an athlete who has been out of the sport for a few years or more and is looking to ease back into the sport. This program mainly focuses on building a base of endurance with progressively more force and intensity to focus on towards the end of the 12 week period. This plan is designed with longer workouts focused for the weekends.

This program consists of cycling and off the bike strength training. Strength training will focus on building a stronger core to help with the demands of off road riding and racing.

This plan is intended to be followed using heart rate and perceived exertion mainly. 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.

It is important for athletes who are just getting into a sport or for athletes who have been out of a sport for a long time to ease into it to prevent injury, burnout, and over training. The main goal with this program is to start slow and build through the season. Training smart over the winter months will help you prepare for more volume and intensity in the spring and through the racing season.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x5
06:32:00 03:00:00
Day Off x2
—— ——
Strength x1
00:40:00 01:00:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
06:32:00 03:00:00
Day Off
—— ——
00:40:00 01:00:00

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Mike Schultz, CSCS

Highland Training

Highland Training, founded in 2008, provides coaching and consulting for endurance and ultra endurance athletes. We provide programs are for all athletes, from novice to elite, who are interested in improving their athletic performance, strength and fitness for endurance and ultra-endurance events.

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