Master's (45+) MTB Race Training Plan - 9 Week Build/Peak/Race

Average Weekly Training Hours 07:33
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 07:33
Training Load By Week

This plan is recommended for Masters age group racers. Ideally you would have both a road and mountain bike. A heart rate monitor is required. Power is not required, but it is recommended. Typical weeks are 9hrs hours of training, with recovery weeks around 6 hours. One of the benefits of this plan is the ability to adapt it to your needs. You have the option to do the Endurance Rides on either your road or mountain bike. Throughout the plan there are scheduled mountain bike specific rides and workouts. This plan will take a Masters cross-country racer from the start of their build period through their first A priority race. In order to succesfully complete this plan, you must have already completed base training. Most weekday workouts are 1-1.5hrs. Additionally, this plan incorporates strength training. During this plan the emphasis will be increasing threshold power and speed. The workouts in the build period are designed to improve your starts, increase your power, and improve your handling skills at race pace. The plan concludes with a two week taper before your A priority event. Throughout the plan you will perform field tests to gauge fitness and there are opportunities to incorporate level B and C races. As always, custom plans can be created specifically for your needs, contact Pete at www.holdfastcoaching.com

Sample Day 2
1:30:00
Tempo

Tempo riding is completed in Zone 3, with a cadence of 70-90. Tempo is best performed on flat or rolling terrain. When encountering hills make sure to shift gears and stay in Zone 3.

Sample Day 3
1:30:00
EM - Endurance Miles

EM - Endurance Miles - Keep the average power/HR of the ride in the middle of Zone 2 and the low side of 3, keep the cadence high (70+) and stay seated on climbs. This can be done on either the MTB, CX, or Road Bike.

Sample Day 4
1:00:00
VO2

These intervals are short zone 5 intervals and are best if done with a cadence above 75.

Sample Day 6
2:00:00
MTB Starts

This workout simulates a mountain bike race start. It is broken into 3 sections, with a specified time for each section. Section one in Z5, Section two in Z4, and the section 3 in Z3/4

Sample Day 7
3:00:00
EM

EM - Endurance Miles - Keep the average power/HR of the ride in the middle of Zone 2 and the low side of 3, keep the cadence high (70+) and stay seated on climbs. This can be done on either the MTB, CX, or Road Bike.

Sample Day 9
1:30:00
Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot hits the upper end of Tempo and lower end of Threshold. On the HFC Power/HR Zone Worksheet this is Zone 3/4. Keep the cadence higher than 75 and terrain should be flat to rolling.

Sample Day 10
1:30:00
EM

EM - Endurance Miles - Keep the average power/HR of the ride in the middle of Zone 2 and the low side of 3, keep the cadence high (70+) and stay seated on climbs. This can be done on either the MTB, CX, or Road Bike.

Pete MacLeod
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