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  • #19353
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    mburklu
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    I heard about your training programs on the Just Riding Along podcast. Would they work for a gravel and dirt road rider? I live in NE, a lot more gravel roads than mtb riding here.

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    Lynda
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    Hi mburklu,

    Our plans work great for gravel, mtb and mixed terrain training and racing. Most of our athletes race a variety of events. The explosion of the gravel scene has opened up so many more racing opportunities. It’s awesome.

    Coach Lynda

    • #19358
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      mburklu
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      I follow Karen Jarchow on Twitter. She recommended you highly and told me your premade programs are exactly what I am looking for.

      I am an out of shape slob right now. If I’m honest with myself I really haven’t been in shape for five years. I’m a bicycle mechanic and helped open a new shop this year, worked insane hours so rode very little. 2019 is going to be different. I already signed up for SBT GRVL (probably not the smartest, but why not jump in with both feet, ha) and would like to do a few other events this coming year also. Which of your programs would you recommend?

      Thank you!

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    Lynda
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    Hi mburklu,

    2019 sounds like a great year for you šŸ™‚

    Tell me a little more about yourself and I can recommend the best stack of training plans for you.

    1. What is your age?
    2. Are you racing single-speed or gears?
    3. How close to your race weight are you?
    4. What other events (please include dates) are on your calendar?
    5. What distance are you in for at SBT GRVL?

    Coach Lynda

    • #19360
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      mburklu
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      1. Age – 54
      2. Gears – SRAM 1x setup
      3. šŸ˜³ Iā€™m 5ā€™8ā€, 185lbs. Iā€™d like to get back down to 160/165 and see where Iā€™m at/how I feel from there.
      4. Other events if I can get in:
      – April 28th – COOL HAND LUKE GRAVEL GRINDER, 100 miles – Leavenworth, KS
      – May 18th – Lazy Horse 100k Gravel Grind ā€“ Ohiowa, Nebraska
      – June 1 – Dirty Kanza, 100 miles – Emporia, KS
      – June 22 – Solstice Gravel Grinder, 100 miles – Malcolm, NE
      5. August 18th – SBT GRVL, 100 miles
      * I would like to get a few more events in after SBT if possible, but my son plays college football and his games start in September, so I will be limited after they start

    • #19368
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      mburklu
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      Thank you, I will check them out.

  • #19366
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    Lynda
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    Hi mburklu,

    I recommend you start training with our 12-week Masters 40+ Mountain Bike Base Mountain Bike Training Plan If you find this plan is too much, too soon from where you are starting from, follow the first 3 weeks of the training plan at a reduced volume of 50 – 60%, then restart the plan at week 1 and aim for full volume.

    Take a week off after that plan for extra rest and recovery then progress on to our Masters 40+ 100 Mile Mountain Bike Personal Record training plan. Whenever you have an event on the schedule, insert week 12 of this plan into your schedule and take adequate recovery after each event before continuing on with the training. Week 12 programmed as “race week”.

    Coach Lynda

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