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Weight Loss Base Plan vs. XC Base plan?

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    • #21129
      Avatarkolson
      Participant

      Hello Lynda!

      As we move into Fall, I am wondering which Base training plan you recommend I follow before starting your 40+ Masters 50 Mile Mountain Bike Race Personal Record Plan next March (in preparation of my first 50-miler race of the 2021 season in May)?

      I have purchased and used your Weight Loss and Mountain Bike Base Training Plan. However, is there a benefit to instead follow your 40+ Masters Cross Country Mountain Bike Base Training Plan?

      I’ve noticed the weekly bike and strength workout durations are slightly longer for the Weight Loss plan. However, I wonder if the XC Bike Base plan workouts are of greater intensity or if for some reason would be even better for race preparation?

      Which training plan would you suggest for Base training? Or, are they both equally good?

      Thanks, Lynda!

      • This topic was modified 1 month ago by Avatarkolson.
    • #21132
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Hi Kristi,

      I recommend stacking our Masters 40+ Mountain Bike Base Mountain Bike Training Plan before our 40+ Masters 50 Mile Mountain Bike Race Personal Record Plan to build base and strength. These plans are designed to work together to progress fitness steadily towards your goal.

      The Masters 40+ Mountain Bike Base Mountain Bike Training Plan has more sub-threshold and threshold work than the Weight Loss plan to progress you towards a race goal. The weight loss plan primarily keeps you in that fat burning weight loss mode for longer periods of time.

      Coach Lynda

    • #21133
      Avatarkolson
      Participant

      Thanks, Lynda! I wondered about that, knowing the Weight Loss plan was a lot of Tempo riding, so thanks for verifying!

    • #21209
      AvatarJürgen Zimmer
      Participant

      Hi Lynda,

      I am succesfully using your 40+ plans for some years now and these always helped me getting across the Alps comfortably during a 5 day Transalp in summer. Since I do not have any specific (date-driven) goals for next year and lots of time at hand to do extended base training I ordered the weight loss plan to start this autumn. My plan is to stack that with the regular 40+ base training plan, the build plan and the specific stage race plan. I noticed a CTL drop (from 70 to 52) in my Training Peaks ATP from the end of my weight loss plan until the end of the build plan. During the stage race plan CTL increases to 63, but in the end CTL is lower than what it is now. Shouldn’t it be higher after all that hard work?

      Regards,
      Jürgen

    • #21212
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      The weight loss plan primarily keeps you in lower intensity fat burning zones which are not huge TSS producers. Also, the non-cycling cross-training and strength training sessions in the plan to stimulate weight loss are not big TSS tickets either. Dropping CTL along with weight during this plan is reasonable.

      Coach Lynda

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