I am currently analyzing my A Races this year and find it hard to fit training with the event requirements.
So my A Races will be:
- MTB Marathons
- 3+ hours duration
- with long sustained climbs (duration >20min up to 1h)
- but also with a lot of short steep climbs (around 1min, I guess - certainly some shorter and a few longer ones)
The races will be won on the long sustained climbs but loosed on the short steep climbs by loosing viable time due to walking or cooked legs etc :).
Currently I am on the Sustained Build Mid Vol, which seems to be the perfect plan for MTB Marathons. However, its often said in the podcast / blogs that the training must be event specific, so I am wondering how to cover these short steep climbs which definitely will be anaerobic. Sustained Build does not contain such workouts. So what are the options?
Mix Sustained Build Plan with Anaerobic workouts?
This leads to following questions:
- which Sustained Build Plan workouts should be skipped? There are two types of Threshold Workouts each week, one so ever-lovely Over/Under and on more steady one
- I was also thinking about double-day workouts with a quite short (30min, e.g. Bashful-3) anaerobic workout but this blog entry here strictly recommends to do double days with short and easy workouts only. So double-daying with anaerobic workout seems to lead directly into misery …
Technical aspects (increase gearing on the low end to pedal with lower watts and/or adjust cadence training) were already taken care of but it will not help for the key steep climbs (very steep or quite technical so I will probably be geared out etc).
Any ideas from you guys on this topic? Thanks!