This training plan is for the athlete peaking for a bikepacking race they will finish in 5 - 10 days. It 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.
This is an aggressive training program to prepare a bikepacking athlete to excel physically, mentally and technically. Along with the physical training, the plan includes bikepacking specific details on fueling, pacing, equipment choices and race strategy.
This plan was developed 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, aerobic development and speed work. Core training, bike fit, course specific pointers.
Weeks 4-6: Threshold and VO2max power development. Race nutrition practice. Race planning. Riding loaded. Endurance development and an overnight bikepacking training mission.
Weeks 7-9: Tempo power development. Optimize recovery techniques. Build the ability to stay on the gas for long periods of time. Dial in bikepacking system to minimize stops and maximize efficiency. Two course specific focused bikepack training missions. Practice and optimize race fueling.
Weeks 10-12: Rest, taper and final race specific key workouts to bring you to peak fitness. Mental race strategy, final body, mind and bike specific preparations. Race start is end of week #12.
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.