- February 24, 2018 at 12:03 am #18075
Hi Lynda! Long time LW athlete but first time posting here 🙂
I’m currently following the Time Crunched Cat 1 XC plan and everything is on course for week 12 which is the date of my important race. However, 5 weeks after week 12 I have another race on which I would also like to have great results (Let’s think of it as Priority B).
Should I start with week 8 (which looks like a recovery week) right after week 12? or should I go all the way back to week 1 so that week 5 (which has a Priority C race on Sunday) coincides with my race? (I have no race on would-be week 11 so doing Weeks 1-5 might make more sense).
Also, right after Priority B race I have exactly 12 weeks for a 100 mi PR plan (it’s actually a 3 day stage race but I’ve only purchased the 100 mi PR plan so I’m basing myself on it), so if there’s another combination that allows me to have a good performance on Priority B Race while also preparing me for Week 1 of the 100PR plan I’m open to suggestions (I’m a bit uneasy about starting the 100mi plan right after XC Cat 1 week 12 without a rest week).
Thank you for your help!
- February 24, 2018 at 6:52 pm #18077LyndaKeymaster
My best guess is that you are following and asking about the TIME CRUNCHED Category 1 Cross Country Mountain Bike Build, Peak and Race Mountain Bike Training Plan and not the BASE plan.
I recommend you take 3 days off the bike after your first peak race.
For the xc race 5 weeks later, resume training after your 3 days off with the remainder of week 8 and then follow with weeks 9, 10, 11 and 12 to peak again for your next race.
You are right on target that it is not a great strategy to start the 100 miler PR plan immediately after a peak race. After your second XC race, take a week off training for recovery. Resume training the following week with week 1 of your 100 miler plan, miss out week 2 to shorten the plan and progress on with weeks 3-12 to peak for your 3 day stage race. An even better plan is to progress on to our 3-4 Day Mountain Bike Stage Race – Personal Record Mountain Bike Training Plan!
- February 24, 2018 at 9:08 pm #18078
Thank you for your response, Lynda!
I had forgotten about the Base Plan! It definitely would have been a better fit for this first block of the year instead of stacking two of the Build-Peak-Race (I’m on week 9 of my first BPR right now). Since I only bought the Cat 1 XC BPR and the 100mi-PR I had forgotten about the Base plan 🙁
Thank you very much for your tip on how to best start the 100mi plan after the BPR. I’ll look into buying the 3-4 MTB Stage Race come summer, then! Should I also skip week 2 on that plan?
I actually have another question involving that 3 day Stage Race. I have a Priority A 100km race exactly 5 weeks after the 3 day stage race so, same question: how do you recommend me to go about with those 5 weeks? I should note that the Stage Race is a Priority C: I don’t expect to win it, just to have fun, but I do want to train for it because otherwise it’ll be a suffer fest. However, given a choice, I’d definitely prefer having the best performance on the 100km race 5 weeks later instead of the stage race.
Hope this is not very confusing and thank you very much!
- February 25, 2018 at 8:14 pm #18082LyndaKeymaster
1) Yes, skip week 2 of the 3-4 Day Mountain Bike Stage Race – Personal Record Mountain Bike Training Plan.
2) Take a week off training for recovery after your stage race. Then follow the last 4 weeks of the 100 miler plan or even better the last 4 weeks of our 100 km Mountain Bike Race Personal Record Mountain Bike Training Plan
- February 26, 2018 at 9:47 am #18085
Thank you very much for your time!
I’ll be looking into buying the missing plans around summer 🙂
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