This plan is recommended for Category 1 racers or highly competitive Category 2s. Ideally you would have both a road and mountain bike. A heart rate monitor is required. Power is not required, but it is recommended. Typical weeks will be between 10-12 hours of training, with recovery weeks around 7 hours of training.
One of the benefits of this plan is the ability to adapt it to your needs. You have the option to do the Endurance Rides on either your road or mountain bike. Throughout the plan there are scheduled mountain bike specific rides and workouts.
This plan is designed for the experienced cross-country racer who already has completed base training and is looking for mountain bike specific training to take them through their first A priority race. It is designed for those who have flexible work/school schedules as there are some lengthy mid-week endurance rides. Plan to spend 10-12 hours a week training.
You start with the 8 week build period. During this phase the emphasis will be increasing threshold power and speed. The workouts in the build period are designed to improve your starts, increase your power, and improve your handling skills at race pace.
Weeks 9-10 are designed as your Peak period and focus on fine tuning your fitness while tapering for your A priority event.
Week 11 leads up to your main event.
Throughout the plan you will perform a field test to gauge fitness and there are opportunities to incorporate level B and C races.
As always, custom plans can be created specifically for your needs, contact Pete at www.holdfastcoaching.com