Intermediate MTB Marathon Plan

Average Weekly Training Hours 10:27
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 10:27
Training Load By Week

This plan is geared at the mountain bike racer with 9-12 hours a week to train and wanting to sharpen your ability to handle the intensity of marathon mountain bike racing across repeated hard efforts and improving lactate threshold. This plan assumes you've already established a good solid aerobic base. This plan builds upon the foundation you built during your base period by strengthening your anaerobic capacity so you can handle repeated difficult efforts, maintain the threshold work you've already done so you can have the endurance to be competitive late in the race, and continue in building some consistent top end strength so you can handle the off and on power demands of MTB racing. Much of the intervals are built into the weekdays to allow for flexibility to replace some of the endurance weekend rides with races if so desired. This plan will work with either power or heart rate or both. To get started, you'll want to make sure you complete the field test in the attached training guide (under plan details) to establish your training zones for this plan. Make sure you are well rested going into the field test and have had a few lighter rides leading into the field test. Before starting this plan or any other plan, please consult with your doctor to ensure you are fit to complete a training plan with sustained cardiovascular workouts in warm to hot weather conditions. For questions on this plan you can contact one of our coaches at info@thresholdendurance.com

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
1hr w/ 2x10 min tempo Intervals

1hr w/ 2x10 min @ zn.3 w/ 10 minutes recovery (zn.1-2) between intervals.

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
1 hr MTB Trail Ride w/ 5x standing start sprints w/ 1 minute rest

1 hr easy ride on the MTB w/ 5x standing start practice sprints w/ 1 minute rest between sprints. Make sure you get a good warm-up prior to starting the sprints. When you're ready to start your sprint efforts, find a 100-200 meter long hill or false flat that's grass or dirt. Come to a stop and unclip one foot. Perform the start like you would a start to a race, finding the pedal quickly and applying power thereafter. Intensity for each start should be medium for the first three and hard for the last two. Spin around for about 1 minute then start the next sprint.

Sample Day 4
1:00:00
1hr w/ 2x10 min tempo Intervals

1hr w/ 2x10 min @ zn.3 w/ 10 minutes recovery (zn.1-2) between intervals.

Sample Day 5
1:00:00
1 hr recovery

1 hr easy spin (active recovery). If you feel real tired turn around and make it a day off.

Sample Day 6
2:30:00
2.5 hr w/ 1x3-4 Minute Climbing Power Intervals

2.5 hr zn.2 (RPE 4-6) w/ 1x3-4 minute climbing power intervals with 3 minutes recovery (zn.1) between intervals.

Use a short loop or an out and back on a trail with a 3-4 minute climb. The trail can have some moderate technical features but you must be able to ride them 100% of the time. The goal is to ride non-stop up the climb.

Warm up very well, then ride uphill for 3-4 minutes in zn.5 (RPE 8-10) or VO2max pace. Without stopping, descend to the start, coasting and recovering for 3 minutes. This is one interval.

Sample Day 7
3:00:00
3 hr zn.2

3 hr @ zn.2. This workouts is a long and steady workout that typically doesn't start to feel difficult till the last half to third of the ride. The goal of this workout is to help build aerobic efficiency which is the foundation upon which we build everything else.

Sample Day 9
1:00:00
1hr w/ 2x15 min tempo Intervals

1hr w/ 2x15 min @ zn.3 w/ 10 minutes recovery (zn.1-2) between intervals.

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