Been reading this forum for years now, got a lot of knowledge from you guys already. Hopefully I can get some usefull help for my preparation for nationals XC MTB.
After a long period without racing (thanks covid), we had some racing again in the last couple of weeks. I had a good winter with a lot of hours and I build a big base (FTP: 400+, 78kg). Did a lot of hours in zone 2, did a FTP period and a VO2 max period. I expected I was going to be strong immediately. Sadly, this wasn’t the case. Finished second in the first race but it was a pretty big gap to first.
I really struggled with the very hard anaerobic efforts. Couldn’t recover fast enough from the hard starts and wasn’t able to do repeated anaerobic efforts proper.
It’s time to focus on my goal of this season.
I got 7 weeks until my A race: the national championships XC MTB.
Nationals is a course with short climbs (30-60 seconds), so its all about the repeated anaerobic efforts.
With all the time of the world for the upcoming weeks, I can train 20+ hours every week.
My plan is to do 2 very hard training rides a week, with anaerobic efforts such as; 30/30’s, 1 min and 2 min repeated efforts, race pace efforts and over/unders.
For the rest it will be zone 2 long endurance rides 2-3 a week and for the rest recovery rides.
From experience I know I need a 7-10 day taper max, so this gives me 6 weeks to train.
Will this be enough to improve on my weakness of this season? What is your opinion on my plan or do you have a suggestion for me?
5 sec: 1500+ W
1 min: 850+ W
5 min: 500 W
20 min: 420+ W
Thanks in advance!