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RPE Based Training Plan for Offroad Cycling - Go by Feeling!

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RPE Based Training Plan for Offroad Cycling - Go by Feeling!


Peter Glassford

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9 Weeks

Plan Description

This is our RPE or 'Feeling' based training plan for offroad cycling - it is appropriate for gravel, cyclocross or mountain bike. It is for those who do not want to use heart rate or power AND for those who want to collect other data but use feeling to guide their training. This plan is also simpler so it is great for those who prefer to avoid more technical or complicated systems.

The Consummate Athlete philosophy involves being healthy and prepared, as well as developing specific fitness for the event. In line with this the plan provides reminders and suggestions to prepare for stage racing (gear, nutrition, travel etc.) AND encourages you to strength train and walk in addition to your bike training.

Is This Plan For You?

This plan has been used by beginners, intermediates and advanced riders. The distance covered, difficulty of the terrain, and choices you make about duration will changed depending on your experience and goals.

This is not a complicated plan but it is an effective plan - simple is not easy! This plan will require you to think, be adaptable, and plan your training environment to elicit great results.

This plan is not for those who want structured downloads or exact power numbers

If you would like a power based plan or one with downloads please view all of our training plans here

What Does It Include?

A basic core routine is provided and encouraged throughout the plan and suggestions for including cross-training and other 'cardio' (as per our philosophy)
The plan includes instructions for feeling/RPE concepts and guidelines on increasing/decreasing volume.

Do you have an Irregular Schedule or Want a Custom Training Plan?

Consummate Athlete offers a 3 months Made For You Plan, which eliminate much of the friction of pre-made plans because it takes your schedule, goals, equipment, and abilities into account Learn about 3 Month Plans

Please feel free to Email Peter for more details

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x5
07:18:00 04:00:00
Strength x2
00:50:00 00:30:00
Walk x1
01:00:00 01:30:00
Other x1
00:07:00 00:30:00
X-Train x1
00:17:00 00:30:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
07:18:00 04:00:00
00:50:00 00:30:00
01:00:00 01:30:00
00:07:00 00:30:00
00:17:00 00:30:00

Training Load By Week

~ Peter Glassford - Cycling Training Plans & MTB Coach - Ontario, Canada ~

Consummate Athlete - Cycling Coaching

Peter Glassford is a Mountain Bike Coach from Ontario, Canada

His business, Consummate Athlete helps busy adult athletes balance life and big adventures by focusing on Consistency, Confidence, Cross-training and Community! Our website offers articles and a podcast for anyone interested in a different perspective on endurance training as an adult.

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