100 Mile MTB Race - Finishers Plan

Average Weekly Training Hours 10:21
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 10:21
Training Load By Week

This plan is designed for those that are looking to compete in their first 100 mile mountain bike race. This 12 week plan is designed to help you gain the fitness necessary to complete 100 miles on a mountain bike in a goal time of under 10 hours. You'll need to have some experience riding off road, and be comfortable riding in moderately technical terrain.

Most weeks will consist of 4 days of riding, 1 strength day, and 1 day for light cross training. All of the long rides are on the weekends, with shorter interval and tempo rides being performed during the week. It's necessary to have access to a heart rate monitor to take full advantage of this training plan.

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Sample Day 2
Threshold Test

Threshold test to establish training zones. 10 minutes easy warm up. 30 minute time trial at sustained max effort 20 minute cool down

Sample Day 3
Strength Upper Body

Plyo Pushup: 3x8
Mountain Climbers: 3x1 minute
Burpees: 3x10
Plank: 3x1 minute
Flying V's: 3x15
Russian Twist: 3x10 per side

Sample Day 4
1 hr. w/ 20 min. Z4

Easy 15-20 min warm up Z1/2. Then 20 minutes in Z4. Finish with easy cool down.

Sample Day 5
Cross Training

45 minutes of easy cross training. Swim, yoga, or run. Low intensity

Sample Day 6
2 Hour Ride

Ride rolling terrain at a moderate pace for 2 hours. Focus on keeping the intensity steady and manageable.

Sample Day 7
1:30 Hour Ride

Ride in Zones 1/2 for 1:30.

Sample Day 9
Zone Training

1 hr. Z2 w/ 10 min Z3, 5 min Z4, 3 min Z5 w/ 5 min rec. Z2 between each.

Taylor Thomas
Thomas Endurance Coaching

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