- October 3, 2020 at 6:11 am #21173
Hi Lynda. Need some input on where to go next. I’ve completed the Masters 40+ Peak and Race and I’m finishing the Masters 40+ 50 mile PR plan this weekend. I stacked these two plans. Unfortunately I’ve not been able to race at all. Everything has been cancelled. In two weeks I’m doing the Belgian Waffle Ride down in Cedar City, UT. It’s not a MTB race. It’s 125’ish miles of mostly gravel. What would you suggest at this point? I’d like to be as prepared as I can be and also carry on with my training post BWR. However, it won’t be long before riding outside (here in Idaho) won’t be possible. Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide.
- October 4, 2020 at 3:27 pm #21176
I recommend you repeat weeks 11 and 12 from your Masters 40+ 50 mile PR plan to peak for BWR in Cedar City.
After BWR I recommend you take one week recovery then 2 weeks just riding all the best trails in ID before they are snowed in!
What is your next goal? Are you winter racing or looking forward to 2021 goals? What do you need to improve to push your performance to the next level for your next goal?
- October 5, 2020 at 8:04 pm #21178
Got it. Will repeat those weeks.
Looking forward to some recovery for sure. And riding the mtb before the snow flies!
My next goal…probably a 60k fat bike race in January here in Idaho. The Fat Pursuit is always challenging. Especially dependent on snow conditions.
Other than that, nothing else on my calendar. Waiting on more winter racing dates to be announced.
I feel like I’ve definitely become stronger. I’d still like to up my threshold especially on longer climbs, say between 5 and 10 km with grades between 6 and 10 percent. I feel like at times I just can’t hold the wheel. That’s where I’d like to really improve. Open to ideas! Thank you Lynda.
- October 7, 2020 at 11:31 am #21186
Starting on 11/9 and following weeks 4-12 of the Masters 40+ 50 mile PR plan is perfect to prep for Fat Pursuit and focus on increasing your threshold.
- November 28, 2020 at 8:50 am #21288
Hi Lynda. Looking for some more advice, please!
The fat bike race I was targeting in January (the Fat Pursuit) has been cancelled due to COVID. 2021 events already getting cancelled…
So the only target on my calendar right now is the 6 Hrs of Frog Hollow in Virgin, UT on April 10 2021. No idea if anything will open up between now and then.
After BWR (which was super hard!) I backed off a bit. I did do a XC race down in St. George for fun a few weeks ago but I actually felt super fatigued so not a good day on the bike. But I got to toe the line with Ned Overend! He showed up and is still super fast even at 65 years old! Amazing!
Anyway, after the XC race in St. George on Nov 7, I took two full weeks off the bike. I was burned out mentally and physically. I had no legs in St. George. Felt terrible and I think it just caught up to me. Beginning earlier this week, I’ve started to ease back into it. Unfortunately riding the MTB here in Idaho isn’t possible for the next several months. So it’ll be the fat bike when conditions are good, road bike when the roads are decent but ultimately lots of time on the trainer.
Looking for some guidance. What would you recommend at this point Lynda? I feel like I’m ready to ease back into it after taking the past few weeks completely off. Come Christmas and New Years I’ll probably ease off again if we travel some place warm…sans bikes. I want to maintain my fitness and strength also while keeping winter/holiday weight gain in check.
In my TP plans I’ve already got Masters build, peak and race and the Masters 50 mile PR plan. I’m just not sure if these are the right plans for this time of year, esp. not the PR plan right now. I was looking at your base plans but not sure which direction to go. Thanks in advance Lynda!
- November 30, 2020 at 9:59 am #21291
Sounds like time to re-establish your Base and set yourself up for a strong 2021. I recommend you follow the Masters 40+ Mountain Bike Base Mountain Bike Training Plan
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