Category 1 Cross Country Mountain Bike Build, Peak and Race Training Plan

The Category 1 Build, Peak and Race Training Plan can be followed with a heart rate monitor only or with both a heart rate monitor and power meter. When given the choice use power guidelines in preference to heart rate guidelines. This works for athletes with power monitoring ability on some but not all bikes. This twelve week Build, Peak and Race Training Plan is designed for Category 1 Class racers serious about taking their performance to the next level and standing on top of the podium. This is an intensive and challenging plan that assumes you have a serious commitment to racing and have podium goals. Ideally, prior to starting this plan you should have completed the LW Coaching 12 week Category 1 Base Training Plan. If not, you must have at least 8 weeks aerobic of base training done and have completed at least 4 weeks of tempo sessions. The plan is designed to put the top end power onto your aerobic and threshold base. This is the type of training that takes you from being fit to being fast. You will be riding six times per week with some two-a-day sessions. This plan requires a high level of commitment to daily consistency and requires you to dig deep when it counts. High intensity training involves a careful progression of VO2max hill intervals, short track practice, 30:30 VO2 max sessions, race start practice and training races. Weeks 1-3, 5-7 and 9 have an option for a “C” priority training race or workout. Week 10 is a “B” priority race week. Your performance will peak in weeks 11 and 12 for your most important “A” races of the season. These are the weeks you will see a breakthrough in your performance level. Schedule this training plan to end on the day of your highest priority race. Weekly hours on the plan range from 9:40 in recovery weeks to 13:25. Visit the LW Coaching website 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.

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