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  • #19383
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    qualitysince1980
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    Hello,

    My wife and I are planning to start the Colorado trail bikepacking adventure on July 4th 2019.

    We are avid crossfitters 4-5 times a week.

    We would like to follow a program with you that allows us to still hit these types of workouts. I understand the focus is going to be on the Colorado Trail – but we do not want to give up what we love.

    We were thinking about picking up the Bikepacking 5-10 day race training program for use with an indoor trainer i.e. Wahoo Kicker/zwift I guess..

    This will allow us to train when we can – not when the weather here in Colorado allows us.

    How do we work to account for training when the weather is nice, and we have the time required to go outside? Is there more insight on this available?

    Do we need to buy 2 training programs or both of us follow the same one?

    Finally and maybe most importantly,

    I am worried that the pre-packaged plan will not account properly for our wanting to hold on to crossfit. Is there some recommendation here on this?

    Thanks,
    Steve

  • #19384
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    Lynda
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    Hi Steve,

    The 5 – 10 day Bikepacking Race Mountain Bike Training Plan is perfect to prepare for Colorado Trail but was not designed with 4-5 days of Crossfit in mind.

    To adapt the program to your needs I recommend dropping all the strength training in the plan and replacing it with at most, 3 days per week of Crossfit. Avoid or scale back any specific WODS that leave your quads in shreds.

    Each day on the plan has intensity and duration recommendations.

    Coach Lynda

  • #19433
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    qualitysince1980
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    Hello Lynda,

    1.) As we are not spending time on the bike now, should we do one of your training plans to ramp up beforehand to prepare for the 5-10 day bikepacking training plan?

    2.) Hopefully you can answer this part – We will use the 5-10 day bikepacking plan on an indoor trainer i.e. Wahoo Kicker/cycle ops hammer with zwift..

    This will allow us to train when we can – not when the weather here in Colorado allows us.

    How do we work to account for training when the weather is nice, and we have the time required to go outside? Is there more insight on this available?

    Do we need both need to buy the training programs, or will the zwift allow both of us to use the same?

  • #19437
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    Lynda
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    Hi Steve,

    Our Colorado Trail Race Mountain Bike Training Plan is a better plan for you to follow than the 5-10 day bikepacking plan as it has training specific to Colorado Trail.

    1. I recommend you follow the Masters 40+ Mountain Bike Base Mountain Bike Training Plan prior to the Colorado Trail Race Mountain Bike Training Plan.

    2. You can use the plan as-is to train indoors and outdoors. When you are outdoors, download the plan to your Garmin and follow it on the trail. I highly recommend you do the majority of your long rides including significant hike-a-bike training outdoors and preferably at high altitudes.

    The plan work for individual users and cannot be shared.

    Thanks,
    Coach Lynda

  • #19441
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    qualitysince1980
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    Hi Lynda,

    Thank you for all the prompt responses. We are gathering final details here..

    1.) The timing of Masters 40+ and CTR training program cut us short by just about 2 weeks If I am looking at a start date of July 4th. (and we are still gathering our trainiers from REI so it will be a few more days before we can start..) How should we handle the “time crunch”?

    2.) Is there a preview available of the Masters’s plan so that we can plan accordingly for our upcoming schedule to start obviously very soon? I like to be prepared ahead of time.

    3.) How do you handle missing a workout? Should you just do the next one in line or revisit the missed workout?

    4.) Call me dumb but I’m not sure what you mean by “garmin” is this just the GPS device like a Garmin Etrex 20x??? Or are you implying some other sort of Garmin if so what? AND Most importantly would both of us need a “garmin” to train in this way or would one work for the both of us?

    thanks again!

    Steve

  • #19444
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    Lynda
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    Hi Steve,

    1) To cut your plan short by 2 weeks, miss out the last 2 weeks of the Masters 40+ Base plan and complete all 12 weeks of the Colorado Trail Race plan.

    2) PDF preview of first 2 weeks of Masters 40+ Base training plan link

    3) If you miss a workout, forget about it and move on with the plan. If you consistently miss the same workout several weeks in a row, assess if you need to change your schedule.

    4) There are no dumb questions here! I like you are planning ahead and getting all your ducks in a row. I used the term “Garmin” to refer to a GPS connected bike computer device. Garmin is a brand and other brands work too. Yes you both need your own bike computer. 1 for each bike or person. I recommend the Garmin Edge 520 or Garmin Edge 820.

    A Garmin eTrex is a mapping GPS which will support maps and routes and assist with navigation. You cannot upload training plans to follow on a Garmin eTrex nor will it download any training data (heart rate, power etc)

    A Garmin 520 or 820 is a fitness focused GPS connected bike computer device which will record and download power data (if you have a power meter), heart rate, speed, elevation, distance and location to Strava, TrainingPeaks, Garmin Connect, your computer etc.

    You can upload workouts to a Garmin 520 or 820 to follow out on the trail. Learn more about Structured Workout Export For Garmin Devices from TP

    Cheers,

    Coach Lynda

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