Winter Training Plan for Endurance Distance Mountain Bikers
Lynda WallenfelsAll plans by this Coach
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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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Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|10:28 hrs||5:00 hrs|
|0:35 hrs||0:15 hrs|
|2:22 hrs||1:00 hrs|
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||10:28 hrs||5:00 hrs|
||0:35 hrs||0:15 hrs|
||2:22 hrs||1:00 hrs|
Training Load By Week
This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- Power Meter
- Heart Rate Monitor