This Arizona Trail Race training plan is for athletes with the goal to finish, and to stretch out their personal limits to learn just how fast they can go. The plan has big hours and hard training.
It is an aggressive training program to prepare an AZTR 300 athlete to excel physically, mentally and technically. Along with the physical training, the plan includes details of fueling, pacing, equipment choices, race strategy and insider course info.
I’ve developed this plan using the Performance Manager: http://lwcoaching.com/performance-manager-chart-explained/. This provides a
systematic way to apply solid training principals in just the right amount.
The plan has 4 primary training blocks:
Weeks 1-3: Neuromuscular power and aerobic development. Optional overnight bikepacking excursion to dial in equipment. Hike-a-bike practice. Adjust technical skills to riding loaded.
Weeks 4-6: Threshold and VO2max power development. End block with an overnight bikepacking training mission.
Weeks 7-9: Tempo power development. Building the ability to stay on the gas for long periods of time. Dial in bikepacking system to minimize stops and maximize efficiency. End block with 3 day/2 night bikepack training mission.
Weeks 10 – 12: Rest, taper and final race specific preparations and key workouts to bring you to a peak at the start. AZTR starts week #12 day 5 on Friday morning.
Visit the LW Coaching website http://lwcoaching.com/ to ask training plan questions on our forum, read mountain bike specific training articles, learn new workouts and see what events our coaches and athletes have been racing.