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    • #20616
      Avatarchrisneumann
      Participant

      I’m really sorry to have to put this but there I’m going to. I have taken some time off the bike to figure out some health issues I’ve been battling the last several years (ended up being an immune disease that I now get blood product infusions twice monthly for and feel significantly better). I’ve been riding seriously again since the end of the summer. I got into the Leadville 100. Because I’m looking to get a better starting position, I am doing the Silver Rush 50 in July and that’s what I’m preparing for now (but the 100 is the main focus later). Since September I’ve been doing what has worked pretty well for me in the past but, obviously, I’m pretty much flying by the seat of my pants. I’m sure I am guilty of over training. I’m 47 now and want to be careful because I know both of these races will be very challenging. I’m a full time teacher with a 45 minute commute to work each way. I’m 5’11” and weigh 175. The two plans that were suggested for me were the Cat 1 Time Crunched and a Masters plan (can’t recall exactly which one). I ended up getting the Cat 1 plan.

      This winter I have logged a lot of base miles and within the last month I started upping the intensity to try to mimic the long climbs that I’ll deal with in both events. Yesterday I did 3 climbs of 45 minutes each with an average heart rate of 159-162 on each (I would typically do this ride once a week). These were on an 8% gradient and about 4.5 miles long each. I try to get out for long rides on the weekends but am usually on the trainer during the week and do try to do one hour long workout that includes some leg speed intervals on Wednesday. I think I’m guilty of not doing well rounded training. I guess I want to ask if this plan is appropriate for me or do I need to consider another one. I used one of your plans and guidance for the 2012 CTR and was very happy with it. I’m excited to be back on the bike again (didn’t think I’d ever be able to again while trying to figure out the health issues) and I think that’s a huge motivator for me the last few months but I also don’t want to be over doing it. Again, not to sound arrogant but in looking through the plan, I think I’m probably going overboard. I know the info is limited but would also like to know if you feel that might be the case. Thank you Lynda.

      -Chris

    • #20618
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Hi Chris,

      Congrats on getting a Leadville race spot!

      I recommend you start your Cat 1 time-crunched Base plan today and follow all 12 weeks of that plan. That is a great fit for you during the school year. On 5/25 I assume you free up more time to train with the school year ending. On 5/25, progress on to the Masters 40+ 100 Mile Mountain Bike Personal Record training plan and follow that 12-week plan to a peak at Leadville. One customization I recommend is on the week of 7/6 follow plan week 12 (race week) instead of week 7 to add a mini-peak for Silver Rush 50.

      Coach Lynda

    • #20632
      Avatarchrisneumann
      Participant

      Perfect. Thanks for the input Lynda. The workout last night was great. Initially, I had a significant dead spot at the top of the right stroke which I assume is what you were looking for. The other thing that was interesting was that after finishing the 1 minute on right leg and switching to left leg isolation I would see the heart rate drop 8-10 beats during each of the eight sets. Dead spot was much better by sets 6-8. Pretty eye opening.

      -Chris

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