So I finally picked up a proper “downcountry” bike and I want to dip my toes into XC. Once upon a time, I got my start in mountain racing in the NORBA XC series as a kid, but gave up after I got serious about soccer. I’ve been racing enduro primarily in the last 4 years (now 34 years old) with a healthy dose of downhill at the start of those years (aka my fitness sucks). My primary “A” race will be Downieville all mountain (assuming I can get a registration). This will promptly be followed by multiple day enduros for the 6 weeks following Downieville (a race every other week).
My training has been pretty inconsistent the last few years but I still manage to do 3-8 races a year. I’ve followed Sweet Spot base plans from other coaches in the off-seasons but never done much proper build or specialty training until last year where I followed SSB I/II and Short Power Build (low volume due to only being allowed on the trainer 3x/wk due to a broken back). My specialty phase also coincided with me being cleared to ride on dirt and I lost focus and “just rode and raced” with an occasional trainer session scattered in, and surprise surprise it wasn’t my best race season.
With all that being said, does anyone have a suggestion on what build and specialty plan to follow leading up to Downieville? Normally I’d say general build > marathon or olympic XC but considering I’ll be racing 4 more enduros after that I’m not sure if there’s a better choice.