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BIKEPACKING training plans

Arizona Trail Race 300 Training Plan
Colorado Trail Race Training Plan
2 – 5 day Bikepacking Race Training Plan
5 – 10 day Bikepacking Race Training Plan

Once downloaded bikepacking training plans are non-refundable.


Arizona Trail Race 300 Training Plan

This 12 week training plan is to prepare you physically and strategically to race The Arizona Trail Race 300.

Choose your plan purchase either in PDF or TrainingPeaks format.

Purchase the Training Peaks format at this link: Training Peaks format for Arizona Trail Race 300 Bikepacking Race Training plan  $99

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Purchase the PDF format using the “Add to Cart” button below.

Once downloaded bikepacking training plans are non-refundable.

This 12 week bikepacking training plan is for an experienced endurance racer who has completed one or more endurance events (12+ hours) and is ready to commit to racing the Arizona Trail 300. This plan is detailed and committing, assuming performance in AZTR 300 is one of the top priorities in your life for the next 12 weeks. Your goal is to finish, and to stretch out your personal limits to learn just how fast you can complete this beast . The plan has big hours and hard training. It is an aggressive plan designed to push you to your limits in pursuit of a successful multi-day racing experience.

We love the Arizona Trail! The trail would not exist and AZTR would not happen without the efforts of the Arizona Trail Association (ATA). LW Coaching will donate 10% of all AZTR plan proceeds to the ATA.

AZT trail Cienega

Photo credit: Scott Morris

Here is a link to Lynda’s AZT300 race report.


Colorado Trail Race Training Plan

This 12 week training plan is to prepare you physically and strategically for the Colorado Trail Race.

Choose your plan purchase either in PDF or TrainingPeaks format.

Purchase the Training Peaks format at this link: Training Peaks format for Colorado Trail Race Bikepacking Race Training plan  $99

OR

Purchase the PDF format using the “Add to Cart” button below.

Once downloaded bikepacking training plans are non-refundable.

This 12 week bikepacking training plan is for an experienced endurance racer who has completed one or more endurance events (12+ hours) and is ready to commit to racing the Colorado Trail. This plan is detailed and committing, assuming performance in CTR is one of the top priorities in your life for the next 12 weeks. Your goal is to finish, and to stretch out your personal limits to learn just how fast you can complete this beast . The plan has big hours and hard training. It is an aggressive plan designed to push you to your limits in pursuit of the perfect alpine multi-day racing experience.

Prior to starting this plan you should be confident riding fast on dirt roads and single track, be comfortable riding in the dark and managing your equipment and lighting systems. You should have been riding 5-6 times per week and have a solid aerobic and strength base established. Four hour rides have been a regular part of your riding routine for at least the past 6 weeks.  You are full of motivation to train hard, and well rested prior to the start of the plan. You are spending the next 12 weeks putting a fine point on the self-supported multi-day race specific aspect. You are peaking for the Colorado Trail Race.

This plan was designed using the concepts of the Performance Manager.  For power meter users, the ideal starting point for this plan is a CTL of 80-100 and an ATL of under 75.

Weekly total training hours range from 14 to 29. This includes 2-3 hours of strength training and stretching every week.  Plan focus is on speed and fitness building for the first 3 weeks and then transitions to a combination of continued improvements of threshold power, endurance abilities, and many aspects of the self-supported racing genre.  There are several multi-day rides scheduled with flexible options to do other races.

Colorado Trail Race training plan

Photo credit: Mike Curiak

Guidelines are presented for:

  • Bikepacker Bike Fit
  • Altitude acclimatization
  • Recovery at altitude
  • Device and software suggestions
  • CTR course specific equipment considerations
  • Race strategy tips
  • Self supported fueling overview, tips
  • Functional GI maintenance

 

This plan is paced by Power (watts), heart rate and perceived exertion. A heart rate monitor is recommended to follow this training plan. A power meter is an optional (and highly advantageous) extra. A power meter is not required to successfully follow this training plan. Most cycling workouts in this plan contain both power and heart rate pacing instructions.

As a result of the extreme elevations of CTR,  to race well – and to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness – it is recommended to spend the 10 days prior to CTR at elevation acclimatizing.  Full details are included with the plan.

We love the Colorado Trail!  The trail would not exist and CTR would not happen without the efforts of the Colorado Trail Foundation.  LW Coaching will donate 10% of all CTR plan proceeds to the CTF.


2 – 5 day Bikepacking Race Training Plan

Purchase the TrainingPeaks format at this link: 2-5 day Bikepacking Race Training Plan

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Purchase the PDF format using the “Add to Cart” button below.

Once downloaded bikepacking training plans are non-refundable.

2-5 day bikepacking training plan

Photo credit Scott Morris

This training plan is for the athlete peaking for a bikepacking race they will finish in 2 – 5 days. It is for athletes with the goal to finish, and to stretch out their personal limits to learn just how fast they can go. The plan has big hours and hard training.

This is an aggressive training program to prepare a bikepacking athlete to excel physically, mentally and technically. Along with the physical training, the plan includes bikepacking specific details on fueling, pacing, equipment choices and race strategy.

This plan was developed using the Performance Manager. This provides a systematic way to apply solid training principals in just the right amount.

The plan has 4 primary training blocks:

Weeks 1-3: Neuromuscular power, aerobic development and speed work. Core training, bike fit, course specific pointers.

Weeks 4-6: Threshold and VO2max power development. Race nutrition practice. Race planning. Riding loaded. Endurance development and an overnight bikepacking training mission.

Weeks 7-9: Tempo power development. Optimize recovery techniques. Build the ability to stay on the gas for long periods of time. Dial in bikepacking system to minimize stops and maximize efficiency. End block with focused course specific 3 day/2 night bikepack training mission. Practice and optimize race fueling.

Weeks 10-12: Rest, taper and final race specific key workouts to bring you to peak fitness. Mental race strategy, final body, mind and bike specific preparations. Race start is end of week #12.

Visit our Forum to ask any training plan questions and for support while you are following your training plan.


5 – 10 day Bikepacking Race Training Plan

Purchase the TrainingPeaks format at this link: 5-10 day Bikepacking Race Training Plan

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Purchase the PDF format using the “Add to Cart” button below.

Once downloaded bikepacking training plans are non-refundable.

5 - 10 day bikepacking training plan

5 – 10 day bikepacking training plan

This training plan is for the athlete peaking for a bikepacking race they will finish in 5 – 10 days. It is for athletes with the goal to finish, and to stretch out their personal limits to learn just how fast they can go. The plan has big hours and hard training.

This is an aggressive training program to prepare a bikepacking athlete to excel physically, mentally and technically. Along with the physical training, the plan includes bikepacking specific details on fueling, pacing, equipment choices and race strategy.

This plan was developed using the Performance Manager. This provides a systematic way to apply solid training principals in just the right amount.

The plan has 4 primary training blocks:

Weeks 1-3: Neuromuscular power, aerobic development and speed work. Core training, bike fit, course specific pointers.

Weeks 4-6: Threshold and VO2max power development. Race nutrition practice. Race planning. Riding loaded. Endurance development and an overnight bikepacking training mission.

Weeks 7-9: Tempo power development. Optimize recovery techniques. Build the ability to stay on the gas for long periods of time. Dial in bikepacking system to minimize stops and maximize efficiency. Two course specific focused bikepack training missions. Practice and optimize race fueling.

Weeks 10-12: Rest, taper and final race specific key workouts to bring you to peak fitness. Mental race strategy, final body, mind and bike specific preparations. Race start is end of week #12.

Visit our Forum to ask any training plan questions and for support while you are following your training plan.


These training plans and the forum support provided are designed for an individual user. Please do not duplicate, distribute or share any LW Coaching mountain bike training plan. Copyright 2015 LW Coaching.

BIKEPACKING training plans was last modified: February 19th, 2016 by Lynda