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8-12hr/week Intermediate/Finisher 50-60 mile (80-100K) race plan


Mike Schultz, CSCS

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12 Weeks

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Plan Description

This plan is a 12 week training program to peak for a 50-60 mile mountain bike race. This program targets a peak race performance on the 12th and final week of the program.

This plan is ideal for the intermediate rider (veteran sport – beginner expert) who can commit 8-12 hours a week to training, and is looking to finish a 50-60 mile mountain bike race feeling good.

This program consists of cycling and off the bike strength training.

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 overall feel, breathing, heart rate trends, etc. Details on daily intensities are available within each daily workout to help guide you through this program.

Finishing a 50-60 mile mountain bike race is achievable but just as hard to accomplish as any other race out there. The goal of this plan is to balance the mix of intensity, racing, and steady rides with rest in order to get you to arrive at a 50-60 mile race in peak form. This plan will focus on a little more intensity compared to the 10-15 hour week plan, with longer rides over the weekend and short workouts during the week.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x4
6:02 hrs 4:00 hrs
Day Off x2
—— ——
Strength x1
0:35 hrs 1:00 hrs
MTB x1
2:55 hrs 5:00 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
6:02 hrs 4:00 hrs
Day Off
—— ——
0:35 hrs 1:00 hrs
2:55 hrs 5:00 hrs

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Mike Schultz, CSCS

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