- June 20, 2021 at 5:19 pm #22288
So starting the 12 Week Plan for a 50 Mile Finishers. Have everything scheduled, including a one week trip to Colorado for downhill, two mountain bike festivals in between as well, so hopefully that period of fun will also help to take the edge off a structured training.
One thing that I noticed will have to be done is an FTP test the first week, with the purpose of calculating the FTP and average HR during that 20 minute test. Since this will be my first time doing such test and seeing how if I want to repeat the test field conditions may affect the result, what are the thoughts of 1) doing it indoors on a smart trainer, and 2) doing the Ramp test given that this is my first time doing a test. Dont know how good the Ramp test is for HR, but I could use previous data from races, which would be around 174 bpm.
- June 21, 2021 at 6:46 am #22289
I recommend sticking to the 20 min TT and doing it outside. This is what the plan is designed around. Different testing methods produce different power levels and will throw you off plan.
- June 23, 2021 at 7:40 pm #22298
Thanks for the reply. While I dont have a power meter on my bike, I wanted to use the trainer to have an idea of what it could look like for the days I am going to do some of the workouts indoor rather than outdoor for safety and weather reasons. I intend to do the plan with HR for most of the time.
- July 5, 2021 at 9:28 pm #22426
Quick question regarding the first bike session. It involves doing the intervals on a heart rate in Zone 2 or below at all times. However, the FTP test does not happen until day 6. I am assuming the best way to gauge is by perceived exertion. Which level would you recommend or is there a reference point I should aim for this first session?
- July 7, 2021 at 9:47 am #22437
- July 11, 2021 at 8:53 pm #22455
Alright, so Week 1 is done and must say I am super happy with how things went. The FTP test had to be conducted indoors as mother nature decided that thunderstorms were going to be around the area for the day. Even with that, I was happy with the results and that looking at the heart rate zones and how they related to the RPE it was one to one accurate for me. Needless to say, I gave it all.
Now, onto the next week (and following weeks). I see that there will be several rides that will be on the MTB. However, many times in the area thunderstorms leave the trails unrideable. For obvious reasons, I am not riding on muddy trails and cause more damage to them in the name of training. I am assuming that as a last resort is ok to do these indoors, but the main purpose of going to technical sections and courses that resemble the 50 mile course is to get used to various things that will make keeping a constant cadence and pace a bit hard and learn how to deal with these variables during the training sessions.
- July 13, 2021 at 11:02 am #22463
Your assumptions are correct! Plan B would be to ride your MTB outside on paved or all-weather gravel roads or ride indoors. The ride duration and intensity are the priorities when following a plan B.
- July 19, 2021 at 6:59 pm #22486
Week 2 is done. Got some good weather for the weekend and made both my ride on the MTB as prescribed. Here are my assessments for both rides. For feedback, if there is anything else I should be looking at besides the things I describe in both rides I would appreciate it. I intend on doing this assessment for every weekend ride that is done outdoors.
Track: Lost Valley
Temp: 81, medium humidity
The ride went well overall. The track was wet with slippery parts, so I was taking it easy to not overdo it and lose the bike. The objective was to keep the heart rate at or below Zone 2, so in my case this means 158bpm or below. While I would not say I struggled to keep it at below that number for the whole ride, it was noticeably higher while going over obstacles. Granted, obstacles were wet, but it was a struggle to keep things under the target number. When this happened, heart rate was mostly in Z3 and low Z4. Another section that went up it was on a fire road climb. I was expecting this to happen, but at all times I felt under control and not under stress. Heart rate went into low Z5 towards the top. Descending went well, with heart rate going down during the descents. I feel comfortable during descents. So I usually try and take these as a moment to catch my breath. Overall I spent around 23 minutes over Z2.
Things to consider:
Did my concern with getting the heart rate up caused me to doubt myself while trying to clear obstacles?
Are the current tires due to a change? Sometimes grip was not there, and I also know that they have some miles in them. I will be getting a new set before the race.
If I try this course and same format on a cooler day, will it result in a better control of my heart rate?
Time: 9:30 am
Temp: 74, medium humidity
Before ride calcs (3hr): 1020 calories, 60 oz water, 900mg sodium
Carried: 120 oz water with 380mg sodium per 20 oz, 1180 calories (480 from drink mix, 200 from two gels, 140 from Skratch chewables, 360 from Bobos bar)
Consumed (during ride): 80 oz water, 700 calories
Consumed (after ride): 40 oz water, 340 calories
Weight (before ride): 172.0
Weight (After ride): 172.2*
The ride went well overall. I still noticed that its hard for me to keep the heart rate at zone 2 or below, but this time I focused on, when I went above, to keep calm and let the bike do the rest. I focused more on the body feeling when in those zone to pick up the cues as I ride rather than look at the bike computer and perhaps panic. Overall I spent 47 minutes above Zone 2.
I also noticed that I may have a hard time consuming solid foods (Bobos Bar) while riding. I do have Skratch Superfuel that I can use in my hydration bladder and go with that for the race. For training purposes, I will keep using other methods for fueling and hydrating as the superfuel mix is kinda expensive. Gels were ok. I am sure chewables will be fine, but it may be a good idea to open the packets before the race as they are hard to open. Will try the wafers on a future ride.
One note regarding the water: it looks like I brought the right amount looking at the weight. However, I did not consume it all during the ride, so I assume that I was down two pounds or more after the ride was over.
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