- November 21, 2018 at 4:22 pm #18881
Hi Lynda. I was thinking about getting your base plan and the peak,build, race plans. I have been doing cat 1 XC MTB races the last 2 years and usually get on the podium and had a couple wins. I’m 48 but I was leaning towards your Cat-1 training plans as opposed to the Masters training plans as I feel like I might get more out of a harder program. I have been training with what is loosely a vintage Eddie Borysewicz weekly training plan. Because of my age do you recommend against me choosing the standard Cat-1 plans ? Am I just being vain?
Also I don’t see anything in your example training weeks for the base period for leg weight training. Do you recommend against adding in things like squats, lunges and leg presses?
- November 22, 2018 at 11:24 am #18885
Thanks for your interest in our training plans.
The Masters training plans are not easier, they are more specific to the physiology, limiters and strengths of a masters athlete. They have more strength training and more intensity with less base and less endurance. Following the Cat-1 plans will not work as well for you and it has everything to do with specificity and nothing to do with vanity or stepping it down a notch. In fact your performance will step up a notch on the Masters series training plans compared to the Cat 1 plans, I guarantee this. Follow the plan built to maximize your strengths not a 25 year olds.
Strength training, including squats and presses are in the Masters plan. Athletes over 40 benefit tremendously from strength training. In the Base training plan there is a periodized strength training program starting with adaptation and working up to max strength. In the B,P R plan there is a strength maintenance program.
Here is a PDF preview of our Master 40+ Base training plan.
Shoot with any more questions!
- November 26, 2018 at 5:55 pm #18892
Lynda. That all sounds very good. The answer to my question about leg weights was actually in the masters program!
I will be in touch if I have more questions.
- November 30, 2018 at 1:03 pm #18903
Hi Lynda. I’ve bought the Masters Base plan. Looks good! I will start this Jan 1 and then start the Masters Build plan after.
All of my summer XC races are around 1:30-2:30 long but there are a couple 4-5 hour races in august and september. How would I adjust my training length in the build plan to prepare for those events?
- November 30, 2018 at 2:49 pm #18904
Tell me more about your season timing so I can give you an accurate response.
1. When do your XC races end?
2. What are the dates of your 4-5 hour races?
3. When will you start and finish your Masters Build plan?
- November 30, 2018 at 3:55 pm #18906
Lynda. I would be done with all of the 1:30-3:00 hour races at the end of August. The long race, Grizzly (100k) is September 28. There might be one other long race to do but I think the 100k one is the only for sure event I want to do. I expect to finish around 5:30 hours for this event.
If I start my Base plan Jan 1 as planned then the following Build plan would end around July 1. I wasn’t trying to time the plans to peak for a specific XC race. I am starting the the Base plan Jan 1 as I was taking an even two months away from racing and training from November through December.
- November 30, 2018 at 8:25 pm #18914
That is good timing.
After your Build plan, progress on to the Masters 40+ 50 Mile Mountain Bike Personal Record Mountain Bike Training Plan to prepare and race your late season endurance events.
- December 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm #19133
OK. That makes sense. I would just start at the beginning of the Masters 50 mile plan and not further in to the plan since I would be in the middle of the racing season? Just wondering
- December 4, 2018 at 5:50 pm #19134
How many weeks will you have? If you have 12 weeks then follow the entire plan. If you have fewer, shorten the plan by starting it later in the plan scheduling week 12 to fall on your peak race week.
- December 6, 2018 at 11:53 am #19136
If I do want to do one or two 50 mile races earlier in my season (in addition to the one in late September we discussed), how would I adjust the length of some of the bike sessions in either the Masters base and Masters build plans?
- December 7, 2018 at 10:28 am #19137
If the 50 mile races are low priority and the XC races are high priority, the only adjustment to make is to add an additional 3 days of recovery time post race.
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