This 5 month training plan will incrementally build your fitness so you are at your peak fitness for the Leadville Trail 100 on August 13th, 2016. This training plan can be used with power and/or heart rate training.
This training plan is 6 days a week with off days on Monday. Workouts on Tues-Friday are shorter and can be done indoors or outdoors. Workouts on the weekends are longer and are preferably done outdoors. The workouts during this training plan are 11-17 hours a week total.
You will be working on a combination of building your fitness with a variety of types of rides (long, short and intense, mountain bike specific, etc.), and will also work on your pacing and nutrition for the Leadville 100.
This plan has two phases to it:
Phase 1: Mid-March through April
Main focus of this phase is an increase in volume to start preparing for the long race this year along with intensity during the week to build your speed up. During the week the workouts can be done indoors or outdoors, but on the weekend the rides begin to increase rapidly to start prepping you early on with Base miles for the 100 mile race
Phase 2: June-Race Day
Rides get more and more specific to the Leadville 100. You will be given race specific long rides every Saturday that work on combination of fitness, pacing, and nutrition strategy for your race day.
Good luck at Leadville and congrats on having the opportunity to race in one of the most prestigious races in America!