Mountain Biking Madman
Thoughts on training schedule?
Went and competed in my first race a few weeks ago.I loved everything about racing and it is something I want to continue to do.I want to go to the races next year and be at a slightly more competitive state and fitness.I decided that a more structured methodical plan was the best way to further my riding skills and fitness.This is my current plan that I will begin implementing.
S-Rest and jog 2 miles possibly a light leisure ride
M-2-3 hours of demanding riding and pushing myself
T-1 and a half to 2 hours of moderate riding
W-Rest and jog 2 miles
T-2-3 hours of demanding riding and pushing myself
F:2 hours of moderate riding
S:riding for up to 5 hours or possibly the better part of the day
What are your all's thought and opinions of this schedule?Is this not enough or should I change around things and mix it up more?
Why all the jogging? You could supplement road spins on the MTB for those. Unless you really like jogging there's not a ton it will likely do for your riding.
It's important to mix some steady riding (endurance paced) in longer rides with some interval and effort days, and either off/easy as needed.
There's lots of info out there on putting together a training plan. Joel Friel's MTB Trining Bible is a popular one and I think a good introduction to structured training.
I think I have training schedules down to a few simple rules:
-Weekdays 1-2 hours day. Two hard days, 2 moderate days. Try to ride most of those days. I might throw in a 2.5-3 hour day if I feel good and have the time.
-Weekends 2-4 hours a day, one hard, one moderate.
-When riding a hard day, do it in segments. A couple hard 20 minute segments is good, or a few 5 minute, or several 1 min (or a combo of the three). Or do a midweek race (my favorite). All the riding outside the hard segments should be moderate (or super easy, if in between segments)
-Every 3-4 weeks, do a lower volume week (low end of reco ride time).
As a key race approaches, lower the volume overall and keep the intensity, for a couple weeks before.
I know, that's vague as hell, but if you ride consistently and with decent volume, then being vague is okay.
Last edited by Poncharelli; 08-15-2013 at 08:30 AM.
Mountain Biking Madman
I ordered the training bible last night hope it is as good as everyone says.I have just been trying to ride as much as I can and as hard as I can lately.Then when I can tell im falling off I give myself a break.Once I understand the concept of structured training ill try to put together a schedule.But at the moment I feel content just pushing myself as much as I can
Re: Thoughts on training schedule?
That's awesome that you're so motivated, but be careful not to overtrain. The training bible goes into depth about avoiding overtraining but until it arrives make sure you have adequate rest. Remember: Fitness gains don't come during hard training sessions, they come during the recovery period after that training.
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