I’ve got a question relating to planning my training cycle for the year.
43 years old, been using TR for around 3 years, very happy with the mid volume plan. As a rule I am very consistent and do all the prescribed workouts, but will substitute the Sunday workout for a 3-5 hour Z2 ride if time allows. My end-of season ride is usually a 397km race in December (result not important, aim is always just to finish) after which I take a week off the bike followed by about 2 weeks of unstructured riding, just having fun basically. I also take a week-long mid-season break off the bike in July.
My primary focus is a series of cross-country MTB races, with races held monthly from February through to September. These races are all-out efforts between 2 and 3 hours each. I will do a couple of TT’s and road races throughout the year, but to me these are just glorified, hard training sessions.
I realize it’s impossible to treat all cross-country MTB races as A races, but what would be the best strategy to maximize my performance in the cross-country series? Can I realistically treat two of these events as A races?
Any and all tips and advice would be appreciated!