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Cross Country MTB Training Plan by The Sufferfest.

Plan Length: 10 Weeks

Over the next 10 weeks you will do much more than improve your engine. In addition to your on the bike efforts you will run through a progressive yoga program that will increase your exibility and core strength. Due
to the rough and tumble nature of Mountain Biking chances are you will come off the bike a few times, so ensuring that you’re exible and have good core strength can reduce the risk of injury from these crashes. To avoid those crashes in the rst place you will have weekly trail sessions to sharpen up your handling skills. After all, it doesn’t matter that you get to the top of a climb 30 seconds faster if you lose 2 minutes on the downhill!

Plan Price: FREE

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Sample Week of Training

Below is a week of training from this plan which represents the type of workouts you will be doing.

Cross Training - Yoga: Shake off the Day

Beginner This gentle sequence is designed to loosen up tight muscles and encourage good postural habits. You can practice it in the morning to relieve stiffness or in the evening to wind down before bed. We finish with a short body scan meditation to calm your mind and release tension throughout the body. Modification: If you're unable to sit back on your heels in Child's pose, you can put a couple of cushions or a pillow between your calves and the backs of your thighs.

Planned: 15:00

Cross Training - Breathing To CRUSH THEM

Perhaps the only people more Badass than Sufferlandrians are Navy Seals. And this is the breathing exercise that Navy Seals do to calm down and focus themselves before major operations. Learn and use this technique before heading into your own major events and races.

Planned: 3:00

Bike - Nine Hammers

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✩✩✩✩
AC: ✭✭✭✩✩
MAP: ✭✭✭✭✭
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✩

Sometimes you're the hammer. Sometimes you're the nail. And sometimes you're getting both hammered and nailed. With a series of nine different intervals, all at or above threshold this is one of the best MAP sessions we offer. It isn't just the total amount of time spent above threshold, though. This workout takes the training stress up a notch by giving you barely enough time to recover from the previous hammer before the next one falls. This ensures your AC gets a little boost as well.

Planned: 59:00

Cross Training - Breathing More DEEPLY

Beginner Diaphragmatic Breathing is a calming exercise that encourages you to breathe deeply into your abdomen.

Planned: 3:00

Bike - The Shovel

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✭✭✩
AC: ✭✭✭✭✭
MAP: ✭✭✭✭✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✩✩

Time to dig deep into the COURAGE mines. Real deep. No other workout runs the full range of 4DP like this one. The consistent inverse relationship between interval length and intensity pushes your AC to the very limit, ensuring that after each micro-interval your body recovers just enough to hit and hold your power target for the next interval...even if you don't think you can. The 5-10 second efforts hit your NM system hard. No holding back for these short efforts. All out means all out. The 15-60 second efforts all require significant anaerobic energy, but with so little rest your cardiovascular system never really gets a break. This not only stresses your AC as you try to recover, but it also pushes your MAP to its limit as your body tries to generate as much aerobic power as possible. Even though there is not a single interval in this workout that is longer than 60 seconds, each full set lasts more than 20 minute. The unrelenting aerobic stress turns this session into a surprisingly good FTP builder.

Planned: 1:15:00

Cross Training - Yoga: Hamstring & Calf Flexibility

Intermediate Cyclists are notorious for poor hamstring and calf flexibility. But these muscles can only be properly engaged when they're flexible. This series will increase your range of motion, boosting performance and helping avoid injury when you're really dishing out the Suffering.

Planned: 15:00

Cross Training - Yoga: Core Strengtheners I

Intermediate The power to crush non-Sufferlandrians comes not just from your legs, but from your core. When your core is strong and stable, you can generate more power, more efficiently. You'll also suffer less back pain. With those goals in mind, this sequence strengthens the abs, obliques and lower back.

Planned: 15:00

Bike - Cadence Builds

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✭✭✭
AC: ✭✩✩✩✩
MAP: ✭✩✩✩✩
FTP: ✭✩✩✩✩

One of the best sessions there is for neuromuscular training and a regular session in The Sufferfest Training Plans, this drill asks you to progressively build from a cadence of 90 RPM to your MAX over 30 seconds, recover and repeat several times. Cadence builds improve the way you recruit your leg, glute and core muscles throughout your pedal stroke by progressing to your maximal cadence. By reaching your highest cadence possible, you are training the 'on/off' switch in each muscle group to not only work faster, but have less overlap with your other muscle groups. You're training your hamstring muscles to 'turn off' when your quads 'turn on' and vice-versa to achieve a more efficient pedal stroke.

NOTE: As a drill session, this video does not have music or a storyline like 'normal' Sufferfest videos. Just fire up a playlist on your favourite music app and you're away!

Planned: 1:00:00

Cross Training - Trails: Cruising

What? A trail ride at a cruisy pace. Why? Variety is the spice of life and it's also the best way to accomplish a few goals simultaneously. Focus on targeting your weaknesses during this trails session in order to improve them come race day. How? This is an unstructured ride - let the trail do the thinking today. If you find a section that you struggle to hit clean repeat that section a few times until you feel comfortable with it. Don't feel the need to practice every section you struggle with on a single ride, you can always come back another day! Keep the effort below 85% of FTP at all times and spend the bulk of the ride at 55% of FTP.  Make sure to warm up before and cool down afterwards.

Planned: 2:30:00

Cross Training - Breathing To CRUSH THEM

Perhaps the only people more Badass than Sufferlandrians are Navy Seals. And this is the breathing exercise that Navy Seals do to calm down and focus themselves before major operations. Learn and use this technique before heading into your own major events and races.

Planned: 3:00

Cross Training - Yoga: Loosen Your Lower Back

Beginner This routine is designed to relieve pain and release tension in the lower back. These poses open up the hips, stretch the hamstrings and strengthen the core. We finish with a diaphragmatic breathing exercise to relax the body and let go of tension around areas of pain.

Planned: 15:00

Bike - Violator

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✭✭✭
AC: ✭✭✭✭✭
MAP: ✭✭✭✩✩
FTP: ✭✩✩✩✩

If NM and AC got together to throw a party, this would be it. Violator is the perfect example of how the amount of recovery time between efforts dramatically changes the amount of training stress you get. Yes, there are 64 sprints, but they're not all doing the same thing for your fitness. The first set of sprints has enough recovery that you'll be able to work your NM to the max. The second set still has enough recovery to allow you to hit high power numbers, but the reduced time between sprints stresses your ability to recover and repeat that high effort. That means you'll start to dip into AC. The last set-with equal sprint and recovery times-ensures your heart rate never gets a chance to drop down. That works your MAP like nobody's business.

Planned: 1:08:00


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