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50 Mile Mountain Bike Race Training Plan: 10-15 hr a week 6.5 month

Author

Drew Edsall

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Length

26 Weeks

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Plan Description

This 26 week training plan will incrementally build your fitness so you are at your peak fitness for a 50 Mile Mountain Bike Race at the end of the training plan. This training plan can be used with power and/or heart rate training.

This training plan is 6 days a week with off days on Monday. Workouts on Tues-Friday are shorter and can be done indoors or outdoors. Workouts on the weekends are longer and are preferably done outdoors. Each week is 10-15 hours total.

You will be working on a combination of building your fitness with a variety of types of rides (long, short and intense, mountain bike specific, etc.), and will also work on your pacing and nutrition for a 50 mile race.

This training plan has three phases to it:

Phase 1: Weeks 1-8
Rides during the week are shorter and more intense. You can do these indoors or outdoors. Rides on the weekend are meant to be outdoors and are focused on fun, moderate-hard rides

Phase 2: Weeks 9-16
Rides get longer. During the week they can be done indoors or outdoors, but on the weekend the rides begin to increase rapidly to start prepping you early on with Base miles for the 50 mile race

Phase 3: Weeks 17-Race day
Rides get more and more specific to what you will encounter at a 50 mile race. You will be given race specific long rides every Saturday that work on combination of fitness, pacing, and nutrition strategy for your race day.

The plan focuses on the athlete looking to start training specifically for a 50 mile race. You can add races throughout the plan as needed.



Training Plan Sample Week

Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bikex6
11:42 hrs 6:00 hrs
Day Offx1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike
11:42 hrs 6:00 hrs
Day Off
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Training Load By Week


Drew Edsall Mtbfitness.com

Mtbfitness

Mountain Bike Coaching and Training Plans. My name is Drew Edsall, I am a mountain bike head coach with Mtbfitness.com and also a former professional mountain biker. At Mtbfitness we work with all mountain bike athletes and specialize in mountain bike one on one coaching, and mountain bike specific training plans.