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    • #20582
      Avatarjogihe
      Participant

      Hi Lynda

      My A-event this year is a 140 km (over 4 km vertical) MTB Marathon on August 29. Since I have run the race two years ago, my goal is a personal record, even though I am 58 years old.

      I finished your “Base Training and Weight Loss Plan” on February 2. Because I want to lose some more weight, I have added week #8-12 from “Masters Cross Country Base Training Plan”, currently I’m in week #10.
      I have planned a vacation from June 1 to 21 and I will not be able to ride during the 3 weeks. But it will probably be possible to run on some days.

      This is why I planned to start the “40+ Masters 100 Mile MTB Race Personal Record Training Plan” on March 9 and finish it before vacation on May 31. Because I will probably lose a lot of fitness during the vacations, I have planned to start the Personal Record Plan again from week #3 after the vacations on June 22, so that I finish it on my A-race.

      So, that’s the plan, but I have absolutely no idea if this plan is a good plan. Can you give me some advice.

      Thanks
      John

    • #20587
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      John,

      I like your plan. Make a priority of coming home from vacation at the same weight you started and coming home 100% healthy so you can jump right back into training. Gaining 10 lbs and trying to lose it again after vacation will set you back.

      Enjoy! A 3-week vacation sounds amazing 🙂

      Coach Lynda

    • #20589
      Avatarjogihe
      Participant

      Hi Lynda

      Thank you for quick response. I’ll have an eye on my health and weight, which might probably not be easy on a road trip from Denver to the West Coast.

      One additional question. I have applied all training plans in Trainingpeaks. TP calculates a planned CTL of 58 for August 29. Is this value good enough for a personal record in my A-Race?

      Thanks again,
      John

    • #20590
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      John,

      The content that makes up your CTL number is a crucial component when looking at the absolute number. A 58 CTL made from LSD is drastically different from a CTL made from quality focused training with intervals and race specific training. A high quality, race specific 58 CTL is a solid value for an A-race. A CTL of 58 with no quality and race specific riding is not. Content counts.

      Coach Lynda.

    • #20831
      Avatarjogihe
      Participant

      Hi Lynda

      My A-race was postponed for a few weeks because of COVID-19. I’ll finish “40+ Masters 100 Mile PR TP” on May 31. The plan is to repeat “40+ Masters 100 Mile PR TP” as recommended, starting on June 29 to be ready on race day on September 19. So, how do I fill the 4 weeks in between to have the best effect. Can I repeat certain 4 weeks from one of your 40+ training plans? Any recommendations?

      Thanks a lot
      John

    • #20833
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Are you asking about June 1 – June 28?

      What is the status of your aforementioned use of this time?

      I have planned a vacation from June 1 to 21

      Coach Lynda

    • #20834
      Avatarjogihe
      Participant

      I’m sorry, forgot to mention it. Vacation is still happening. But I can’t go on a road trip because of COVID-19, so I’m staying home. My training schedule won’t be interupted by vacation. I’ll be able to continue training during the vacation.
      Thank you, John

    • #20835
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Hi John,

      I recommend following weeks 9 – 12 from our Masters 40+ Mountain Bike Base Mountain Bike Training Plan during your 4 weeks between plans.

      Coach Lynda

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