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  • #19662
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    mchao98
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    Hi Linda!

    BE19 is 13 weeks away and I am shopping for a training program. Before I pulled the trigger on a specific program, I just wanted to confirm with you that I am choosing the right program.

    A few bits of info on me

    – I’m 47
    – First time I’m doing a race of this magnitude
    – Previous endurance events of significance in the last couple of years include Everesting and riding first week of the Giro
    – Could manage 10-12 hr/wk but prefer to keep under 10
    – Happy to do a combo of trainer, road, mtb, and strength
    – Goal is to finish

    I have experience with Sufferfest training plans and have found them effective but am not sure they are geared toward a race of this magnitude.

    So a few questions:
    – Was thinking Masters 40+ Mountain Bike 5-7 day. Would you agree?
    – Does your training follow power zones based on FTP tests? both indoor and outdoor?
    – Do you recommend consults?

    Thanks so much!

    Thanks so much!

  • #19663
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    mchao98
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    Linda – one more question please

    Would the plan include any “online coaching” via trainingpeaks, or are the alternatives communicating via this forum and/or coaching consults for 30/60 mins?

    Thanks again

  • #19665
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    Lynda
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    Hi Mchao98,

    Our Masters 40+ Mountain Bike 5-7 day Stage Race Mountain Bike Training Plan is the best plan for you to prepare for the 7-day Breck Epic stage race.

    Yes, the plan follows power zones based on FTP testing. There are also HR and PE training guidelines for those days when you are on a bike with no power meter.

    I am always happy to schedule consults when needed. This varies per athlete and their prior race experience.

    The plan does not include any online coaching. Click here for info on our personal coaching programs.

    Coach Lynda

  • #19666
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    mchao98
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    Thanks for your quick reply Linda. These answers are very helpful

    Are you able to share a screenshoot of one week so I can just have a look at a sample? It would be helpful for me understand that so I can see how compatible it is to other training programs I have been doing.

    Thanks so much
    mike

  • #19667
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    Lynda
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    Hi Mike,

    Here is a view of the first 2 weeks of the plan in PDF format.

    Click here to pull up the TrainingPeaks format plan page and click on the “sample workouts” tab and “summary” tabs to view more plan information.

    Coach Lynda

  • #19668
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    mchao98
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    perfect, thanks so much Linda!

  • #19698
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    mchao98
    Participant

    OK lynda, i’m committed now. 12-wk 40+ 5-7d stage race program, here we go!

  • #19702
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    Lynda
    Keymaster

    Awesome! Keep us posted of your progress and tag #lwcoaching on social media to share any of your training, racing and bike pics with us. check out our Instagram Stories to see other LW Coaching athlete pics.

    Happy training,

    Coach Lynda

  • #19737
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    mchao98
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    Hi Lynda

    I’m starting Week4 and things are going fine so far. Numbers are going up and feel good. Have a question for you on the training plan. I’m looking at the upcoming weekly durations and TSS, and am wondering if this will be enough for the BE, where we’re looking at probably 4.5 hours a day, 6 days in a row. I see that the weekend durations are around: 2 and 3 hours; 3 and 4 hours; 4 and 5 hours in coming weeks.

    I’m sure you’ve been asked this before, but is this enough? I know there are activities the other days, but I am just concerned with the upcoming race load. I have capacity to do more, so assuming you agree (and I know I’m oversimplifying) but would you suggest harder efforts / same plan, add a couple hours during weekdays, add a couple hours on weekends, something else, or nothing else?

    Thanks so much!
    m

  • #19742
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    Lynda
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    Hi Mchao98,

    Great to hear your numbers are going up and you are feeling good.

    I recommend sticking to the plan and building your fitness at all intensities. If you add more rides or longer rides you will not have the energy to devote to the intensity sessions. BE is a hilly course with many of the hills being too steep to stay in zone 1-2. Being fitter allows you to stay on the bike on the steep climbs at altitude. This block of week 4 and 5 will take all your energy if done right. Be patient and wait for the longer rides to show up later in the plan. Week 7 has a 4 and 5 hour ride back2back.

    Lynda

  • #19744
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    mchao98
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    Sounds great, thanks for the quick response Lynda

    It’s a helpful reminder to be paying close attention to the intensity as recommended. I’m noticing a tendency to focus on duration more than intensity levels, so I’m glad I asked

    One more thing: I’m headed out for Weeks 6 and 7 on a family trip. I will bring a road bike and fit in rides where I can, but I anticipate it will be neither predictable nor regular. I noticed that Week 6 is a lower intensity week, and that Week 7 is going right back up again. I was planning on doing what I can while I’m away, and then just picking up at Week 8 when I return.

    Not sure if there’s much else I can do, but any thoughts / suggestions?

    Thanks a lot!
    mike

  • #19745
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    Lynda
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    MIke,

    Do what you can and pick it up when you return is your best plan. Top priority is your longest ride, then second longest, then L4 threshold then L3 tempo. If you can get in those 4 rides over the 2 weeks you are doing ok.

    Coach Lynda

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