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Hi Coach Lynda, I had some great PR’s for my Lumberjack 100 and Lutsen 99er. For LJ I finished 26th overall and for Lutsen I finished 24th overall beating my 2019 time by 2hr24min!
I plan on taking this week off like you said but was wondering if I should keep up with core/strength training.
I also was wondering about race pacing. For both of my races I held back pushing too hard at the beginning to save myself for efforts at the end. I was passing people for most the of the races all the way to the end and I definitely finished on empty. But this also meant I was bridging gaps and riding alone a lot. Would it be a better tactic to go harder at the beginning to stay with the lead group since they were able to work with each other and draft?
Thank you Coach Lynda for the detailed breakdown to finish out my race season. I’ve read and heard how important recovery is but didn’t know how to integrate in into my busy race schedule.
Maybe next year I’ll stick to one biking focus at a time 🙃
Hi Lynda, I had a great weekend racing Unbound thanks to your 100 miler plan!
The rest of my season looks like this:
June 13 XC 2hr MN series MTB race
June 19 Lumberjack 100 MTB
June 26 Lutsen 99er MTB
July 11 XC 2hr MN series MTB race
July 25 XC 2hr MN series MTB race
Aug 22 XC 2hr MN series MTB race
Sept 18 Marji Gesick 100
There’s also a local weekly 45min short track XC races that I like to occasionally do for fun.
My goal is to carry some of my fitness from the 100 miler plan that I just completed to do well at Lumberjack and Lutsen. I want to continue to improve my standings in the MN series races and PR Marji to beat my previous 15h45min time. I’d say Marji is the most important race. My initial thoughts are to race Lumberjack and Lutsen then start at week 4 of the XC CAT 1 plan until Aug 22 and then start the 100 miler plan again at week 8.
Would this be a good plan?
I am in week 11 of the 100 miler PR plan and will be racing Unbound Gravel on June 5th. I am looking for guidance on how to continue my training for the rest of the season.
June 26 I will be doing Lutsen 99er (100 mile mountain bike race).
I will then be concentrating on XC MTB racing that are around 24 miles/2hrs for the rest of the summer with the final race on Aug 22. I then will be preparing for Marji Gesick 100 on Sept 18.
I know it’s kinda of a mismatch of race types but could you recommend which plan(s) and when to start them after Unbound?
Thanks so much!
Thanks Coach Lynda!
Rest weeks are definitely “hard” now that we finally have rideable trails in MN. But I can see my resting heart rate get lower and HRV go up during rest weeks so I’m sure it’s paying off.
I will stick to the plan like you said and after my 100 miler A race in June I’ll reach out to you about starting a XC plan for the rest of the season.
Hey Coach Lynda, I’m in week 8 of the 100 miler MTB PR plan and I was wondering if/how to integrate some XC Cat 1 MTB training into the week as well. I’m doing our local XC race series and I’d like to have some more adaptations for the Vo2 on and off efforts. Is there a workout I can substitute from the XC Cat 1 plan into the 100 miler plan once a week?
BTW I raced my first XC race in the Elite class this weekend and finished in the top 10 overall. I would’ve never thought this possible in the past. I 100% attribute this to your awesome plans!
For short track race practice workouts that can’t be done on single track due to conditions would you recommend doing sweet spot or some sort of intervals for the 30 minute effort? Sometimes I have to do this workout either on the trainer or on a gravel road and I don’t know if the intent is to stay constant at FTP for 30 minutes the way Training Peaks has it constructed.
Sorry for playing 20 questions lately!
Hi Lynda, question about my FTP after the assessment in week 8 of XC 1 Build Peak Race plan. My previous FTP was 303 and after the test showed 300. I might have been carrying a little fatigue from the previous weeks as I did the 20 min test on day 4 last week. Anyway I did the L5 hill interval today at my 300 FTP and it felt pretty easy. Maybe 7/10 on the exertion scale. Do you think I should bump up my FTP or just stay the course?
Very good point! “ Crashing a lot is not performance enhancing!”
I am keeping that phrase in my biking quotes to live by!
Hi Lynda, a follow up on my Cat 1 XC Build and Peak plan. I’m on week 5 and was wondering what type of ride I should do for Off-Road ride a hilly course fast or low priority XC race day.
I am using this plan to peak at the Fat Bike Berkie race. I have plenty of groomed snow single track to ride around here but that doesn’t really simulate the Berkie race since it’s a wide open course with rolling hills as opposed to punchy tight single track.
Do you think doing Zwift races, or maybe just ride outside on snow/icy roads is a better use of my time that single track? Most of the single track around here is not groomed very wide so it’s difficult to push it hard without crashing a lot.
Thanks for the help!
I like the sounds of that. Thank you Coach Lynda!
Correction: I plan on doing the 200 mile version of Unbound Gravel.