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    • #21306

      Hi Lynda,

      I’m planning to do the TD race next year (start is June 11th 2021). I have your 40+ Masters XC Base and CTR Bikepacking plans, which I used earlier in the year to get ready for the CTR. I did the 40+ XC Base plan starting this January from “zero” and found it a great stepping stone. Then I did a couple of weeks of the CTR program before the race was effectively canceled, so I dropped that. The CTR plan seem challenging but doable for me (after the 40+ XC Base plan).

      After a hiatus since September I’ve lost all fitness I gained earlier in the year. I’m committed to devote 15-18 hrs of training per week. My goal is to do the TD in 20 days or less.

      1. Do you have a specific training plan for the TD?
      2. If not, should I do the 40+ Masters XC Base, followed by the CTR plan again?
      3. What type of modifications, if any, should I do to the CTR plan?


    • #21307

      Hi Segundo,

      The Masters 40+ Mountain Bike Base Mountain Bike Training Plan is the perfect plan to start with to rebuild your strength and base.

      To peak for TD, I prefer the 5 – 10 day Bikepacking Race Mountain Bike Training Plan over the CTR plan. The CTR plan is course specific and geared towards preparing for the rugged single-track, miles of tough hike-a-bike and high altitudes found on the Colorado Trail. TD is more of a continual on-the-gas pedaling course with less hike-a-bike per mile. You do stil need to be prepared to push your bike in bad weather mud and snow sections but not nearly as much HAB as CT. The 5-10 day bike packing plan is more specific to the TD course.

      Coach Lynda

    • #21308

      Great! Thank you, Lynda.

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