Training for your Xterra race should be fun and rewarding! This 8 week training plan will prepare you for your Xterra race. It also includes scheduled workouts for core, hip strength and stretching workouts with uploaded attachments, designed by our Physiotherapist, Tricia Davis. Also, there are scheduled rest and recovery days with suggestions for foam rolling, massage and body work to get you to the finish line fit, fresh and injury free. Each week involves workouts to maximize your time during the work week, and longer rides on the weekends to get you prepared for your upcoming event. You can use heart rate or a power meter for this program or just use rate of exertion. A GPS is helpful if you have one, to upload your workouts and keep your online diary for review. For personalized coaching, plans, weekly feedback, nutrition or wellness coaching, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.potentialenergytraining.com if you have any questions or difficulty with uploaded attachments. Good Luck and Have Fun!!!
These core exercises will strengthen the all important powerhouse !!! Start out easy, you will be sore from these if you do them right.Do 3-5 sets of each exercise, or follow the specific instructions-rest as you need to between sets and reps - but don't linger!
-V sit variations-
-side planks on knee-
-weighted ball rotations-
These stretches if done consistently will help to keep injuries at bay. Try to make your body balanced with regard to left vs right sides. The stretch should be a comfortable lengthening feeling, not pain.
Perform 3 sets of 30 second holds (use timer) of the following:
- shoulder rotation with strap - see attached
- upper traps neck stretch - see attached
- T and W stretches lying with foam roller down the spine- knees bent so you don't roll off to one side- stretch both arms away from each other and ease down toward floor in a T- then in a W- 3x30" each- when done with stretching lie on floor with foam roller out for a minute or two to allow the spine to decompress. If it hurts your neck use a pillow- the roll should be under your tailbone all the way to your head.
-down dog- see attachment
Fartlek just sounds like fun!!
See attached file for running workout descriptions. Save for future use.
today is a fun day- try to get out on the trails or at least a dirt road and just run how you feel.
Have a great time!
Lie on a long foam roller (if you have one) lengthwise and line it up with your spine. Bend your knees and rest your head on a small pillow on top of the roller if the back of your head does not touch without forcing it.
Rest the back of your hands on the floor and spin your palms up to the ceiling to open the chest. Lie there for 2-5 min and relax.
Then turn the foam roller sideways and roll out your buttocks, hamstrings, calves, ITB, quads ( with special attention to the inside and outside of the thigh).
Lastly roll out the lower, mid and upper back keeping your hands clasped behind your head to support your neck as needed. Arch your back to conform to the roller if you can without any pain.
If you find a really sore area, linger there for a few extra seconds- otherwise 5-10 rolls on an area should be sufficient.
Muscle Tension Intervals involve using a very hard gear (big ring) and high resistance. For the duration of the interval, you want to keep your rpms between 40-60rpms. Your effort will be moderate. Find a hill, a headwind, or a grassy park to add resistance.
Warm-up for 10-15 min.
3x5 minutes ON, 5 min OFF.
Keep rpms between 40-60 during the interval
Before, in between, and after each interval, spin at zone 2 or endurance pace.
Warm up: 10 min easy mixed strokes
- hit lap before and after each 100
- perform 5x100 with :30 sec rest between each 100
- relax for 2 min, then do it again
- 5x100 with :30 sec rest interval
- rest 2 more min then do :
1x100 more if you are not too tired!!
Cool down: 5 min easy with a form focus (reach for the wall, roll to your side to make yourself as long as possible, lengthen from your fingertips to your toes...)
-rest as you need to between sets and reps - but don't linger!
-bridging on ball