My 12-week XC/Marathon Base Plan is designed for cross country and marathon racers looking to improve their cycling fitness over the "non-competitive" part of the season (commonly referred to as the "off-season"). Although this is PART 2 of a 4-part program (Base Prep, Base, Race Prep, Race), you can begin with this phase if you have at least a few weeks of riding in your legs.
The 12-week program includes our highly successful 12-week Stationary Trainer Series set of training sessions. The workouts are designed to improve your complete cycling ability for off-road racing of all distances, XC, marathon and ultra-distance. The series begins with leg-speed and cycling-specific strength development, then progresses to build aerobic endurance before adding in intervals at and above your lactate threshold. Included is a very detailed desciption of the equipment you'll need, target training zones, intervals and session layout. There are twelve 75-minute progressive workouts, intended to be performed 1-2 times per week. A progressive aerobic strength ride is included on the weekends as well as 1-2 additional endurance rides are included for maximum training gains. Following this plan, you will be ready to dig into your race specific training of your own or try our Race-Prep phase plan (part 3 of 4). Part 3 is event specific for your XC, Marathon or Ultra distance event that you are competing in (to find them, search "Cody Waite" in TP store).
Included with your training plan purchase is the ability to email us with questions as you follow our plan: firstname.lastname@example.org Good luck and have fun!
-Ability Level: Intermediate to Advanced (adjustable by overall volume and volume of intensity)
-Number of Weeks: 12
-Training Days per Week: 4-7 (written for 7 days, but can be consolidated to as few as 4)
-Training Hours per Week: 7-15+ (depending on your preference of riding/aerobic volume)
-Equipment Needed: gym equipment, trainer and HRM; power meter is preferred.