I have a background in running, and have always been a bit of a natural on the road bike. I did quite well at quite a few road tris (won 2 over-all and 2nd overall in the other) last year and wanted a bigger challenge this year. I live in Wyoming so the XTERRA national championships are an easy drive for me and fitness-wise I know I can get at a level that could get me there. I am flying slightly blind for training as it is though. I hired a coach last year for road triathlons, but she has no experience mountain biking.
Are there a set of must-haves type of workouts I need to get in every week? In running, the "tri-pod" typically stands on the legs of a long run, a threshold run, and some interval/race-pace specific work.
Is there a similar analogy with mountain biking, and if so, how do you work technical riding into your weekly routine.
I'll likely be biking 3-4 times a week and at least one ride will be 3-5 hour long ride with lots of sustained climbs (I have a 10-12 mile sustained climb that gains around 5,000 feet). What else should I mix in there for the other 2-3 rides assuming I'll get in recovery while swimming/running?
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