I know there’s a contingency of XC racers here and I’m curious about those that have been incorporating a TR plan into their mountain bike riding and racing. After two years of TR I’ve found that it’s pretty similar for me, I tend to be very dedicated to the base training TR plan and then I fade out of even using TR workouts by mid-summer. Moving forward I’d like to plan for the need to change focus especially coming out of base training (I seem to enjoy the trainer time during the winter, but like most I’m very ready to ride outdoors once the weather breaks). I stopped forcing myself to ride indoors after the winter months and the outdoor workouts are an obvious and welcomed solution.
The problems I’m facing even with outdoor workouts are responding to HIIT work, I seem to have a hard time recovering from anything over threshold. I was getting beat down even following a LV build plan, and I was not performing at my best during hard group rides. I had been focusing on VO2 max work but it didn’t seem to translate to better performance. The other issue I faced this year was trying to balance a structured training regime with bike handling skills. I was so fitness focused at the beginning of the year I felt like I lost a ton of my mojo. Recently feel like that’s coming back.
I guess this boils down to still learning what works for me, and what I’ll actually adhere to. I’m curious how all of you balance structured training with skills work, longer rides and fun sessions?