Winter Training Plan for Endurance Distance Mountain Bikers
Lynda WallenfelsAll plans by this Coach
This plan is for the endurance-distance mountain biker with goals to increase strength and speed over the winter. It has been designed with TrainingPeaks structured workouts to make the most of both indoor and outdoor riding opportunities. For outdoor training, power (watts), TSS and IF targets can be downloaded to your Garmin. For indoor training, download your plan to your favorite Smart Trainer app such as Zwift, Rouvy or Trainer Road.
This plan is paced by power (watts), heart rate and perceived exertion. At a minimum, a heart rate monitor is recommended to follow this training plan. A power meter and smart trainer are optional (and highly advantageous) extras. A power meter or smart trainer is not required to successfully follow this training plan.
Endurance distance cyclists end their race season with a large aerobic and endurance base built up by the specific demands of endurance training and racing 24-hr, 12-hr, 100 milers and stage races. To build performance up to the next level, endurance distance racers should use the off-season to improve non-specific strengths such as VO2max power and leg strength.
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How it Works
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This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- Power Meter
- 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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