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This topic contains 7 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Lynda 1 month ago.

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  • #18755

    chiselchik
    Participant

    Hi Lynda,
    I’m a 50+ female rider-interested in your Masters CC plans. I ride cross country mountain bike trails and have done a few CC races in past years in “Sport” category. I want to start training for a race series beginning in Jan/Feb 2019. I’m not in “race shape” right now but do ride consistently for fun a few times each week so I don’t think I’m starting from scratch, and feel like maybe I have a good base already… Can go right to the Masters 40+ Peak and Build, or still best to start with the Masters Base plan?

    Thank you!

  • #18756

    Lynda
    Keymaster

    What is the date of your first important race?

    Coach Lynda

  • #18767

    chiselchik
    Participant

    Thanks for replying so quick! I somehow missed your post yesterday. Race dates aren’t set yet but looks like the first race I’ll go for is actually mid-March 2019.

  • #18770

    Lynda
    Keymaster

    Hi Chiselchik,

    I recommend following the full 12-week Masters 40+ Mountain Bike Base Mountain Bike Training Plan followed by the 12-week Masters 40+ Cross Country Mountain Bike Build Peak and Race Mountain Bike Training Plan

    The plans are designed to progressively develop your strength, power and fitness. Your best results come from following the entire plan.

    Coach Lynda

  • #18857

    chiselchik
    Participant

    Hi Coach Linda,
    Was going to purchase the programs but I’m now back in PT for a chronic injury that has flared up. So I’m off the bike for a couple months. Pretty sure doc will clear me to ride my bike on trainer at home. Is it possible to apply the base program to trainer workouts? Of course not ideal and I won’t get the on trail technical practice, but my main concern is to at least do something and stay on a plan to maintain/build endurance and power over the next couple months. I do have a heart rate monitor, and I use a kinetic trainer at home…

    Thank you!

  • #18858

    Lynda
    Keymaster

    Tell me more about your injury. We may have a more appropriate program for you to follow on the trainer than the Masters Base plan.

    Coach Lynda

  • #18861

    chiselchik
    Participant

    Basically I have chronic neck discomfort and pain due to degenerative disk disease in my neck which
    began couple years ago. The degeneration is in beginning stages and is mild, but flares up and gets worse after a few months of riding. I just started up therapy again and doc has told me the most I can do right now and for possibly up to next two months is ride a stationary trainer, as long as I’m in upright position, sitting straight up. I can’t be leaned over at all due to the strain this puts on my neck as it would end up “undoing” any progress I’ve made in therapy. This also affects certain weight training exercises I would normally do, eliminates some of them…anything over head, or that put strain on the neck.

    I also have an incline treadmill and have thought about mixing in some running to keep up cardio and endurance…but I don’t really enjoy running at all!

  • #18862

    Lynda
    Keymaster

    That sounds tough.

    Does you Dr have any intensity guidelines and limits for you to adhere to?
    Does riding at higher intensities on the stationary trainer flare up your condition?

    Lynda

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