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    • #14782
      Avatardirtnap
      Participant

      Hello,
      Looking for recommendation for the next plan and beyond that into winter. I have a long term goal of being able to finish the CTR in 2017.

      I’m a 42yro male and I’m currently on week 5 of the 40+ MTB Base plan. I’m doing the VT50 on 9/25 and the 100k D2R2 ride on 8/19. I would like to be able to do some overnights thru the summer too, maybe 20 miles in, camp, and then pedal out type of trips.

      Also, I live in a very flat area. I have to drive literally 2hrs for anything over 400ft. This really bit me when I did the Colorado section of the divide. I could ride the distance each day(~90) but the climbs took me way too long.

    • #14783
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      After the Base plan I recommend you follow the Masters 40+ MTB 50 Mile Personal Record Training Plan to peak for VT50.

      Starting the Masters 50 miler plan on 7/4 is perfect. On 8/15, drop week #7 from your plan and replace it with week #12 and do the 100k D2R2 ride on 8/19. The following week, 8/22, get back on plan at week #8.

      The best place to fit an overnight bikepacking trip is on the weekends of week #2 (7/16-17) and #5 (8/6/7) on your Masters 50 miler plan. Drop the scheduled workouts when you are out bikepacking.

      Take a rest week after VT50. Then enjoy some awesome fall weather doing all your favorite rides, a few over-nighters and riding with friends before the snow flies. The best way to structure a training plan with 2017 CTR as a focus depends on if you are able to continue riding throughout the winter.

      Lynda

    • #14786
      Avatardirtnap
      Participant

      Now I have a plan! Thanks Lynday.

    • #14787
      Avatardirtnap
      Participant

      Meant to write, Lynda.

    • #15148
      Avatardirtnap
      Participant

      Lynda, quick update. I finished the base plan and moved on to the 50 mile plan as you recommended but on wk2 d7 I took a spill and managed to break both collar bones and a rib! Just riding down a dirt road I’ve ridden a bunch of times and my front wheel slid out on a turn. Totally bummed out for obvious reason but also because I was making very good fitness gains with your plan. Hopefully I’ll be back at it in sept.

      P.S. your name was mentioned in an article about Chris plesko’s (sp) amazing divide finish, congrats! Way to coach!

    • #15149
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Ouch! Sorry to hear about your fall. That is a lot of damage for one spill!

      Once you are cleared to ride on the trainer, take a look at this plan to get you back on the trails with decent fitness Broken COLLAR BONE recovery mtb training plan

      Chris smashed his Tour Divide goals – it was very exciting! Thx for the shout out.

      Lynda

    • #16519
      Avatardirtnap
      Participant

      Lynda, after healing from my crash in July I restarted the Masters 40+ base training plan, which I’m finishing up this week. I would like to ride a 300 mile MTB route across Vermont in mid April or early May depending on weather. This would be an unsupported ITT similar in race style to the AZT or CTR. If that goes well I’d like to attempt the Colorado trail race this year, so that is July 21ish. Then 2 comparatively smaller rides, the D2R2 100k on 8/19 and the VT50 on 9/24.

      One question, I was initially going to attempt the AZTR and purchased that plan, can I modify that to use to train for the CTR? I know they are very different races weather,elevation,water needs, etc but thought maybe the physical training would be similar. I already own the 50 mile personal record plan too.

      Thanks

      • This reply was modified 5 years ago by Avatardirtnap.
    • #16521
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      I highly recommend following the CTR plan if you are racing CTR. It is the best option and I can only recommend the best option as CTR is a REALLY challenging event. You need to prepare with the optimal plan.

      Lynda

    • #16522
      Avatardirtnap
      Participant

      Ok, understood and makes sense.

      What should I be doing from now until April? Another plan or just riding unstructured?

      Thanks

    • #16525
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      You are in a great position having already completed the Base plan. Now follow your AZTR plan and peak for your 300 mile MTB route across Vermont in mid April or early May. Take 2 weeks to rest after that, then start the CTR plan and peak for CTR.

      Lynda

    • #16528
      Avatardirtnap
      Participant

      That’s what I was thinking but wanted to get your input. Thank you for your time and insight.

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