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Bart Minter March 2016 6 Hour Race Training Plan
Troy Zimmerman 2015 National US Marathon Champion 50+ and Multi-State FSC Champ
Doug B. Leadville 100 Finisher
Madison McDaniel Multi-time winner as Junior Racing Expert/Pro Class 2016
Tim Zimmerman Expert 40+ Georgia State Cahmp, SERC Champion, Multi-time State Series Champ
Chase Peeler Cat 1 15-29 XC Racer
Lauren Gregg Cat 1 and Current Pro Mountain Bike Racer 2016
Dwayne Allgire Cat 1 30-39 XC and Endurance Mtn Bike Champion Elite Category 2016
Brooke and Peter Cat 2 30-39 XC Racers
I just got done reading a great article in Training Peaks on Heart Rate (HR), Lactate Threshold Heart Rate specifically. One of the most common questions I get is "since my Threshold HR changed is my fitness getting better or worse" or "my threshold HR is 175 but so and so's is 185, so he/she must be faster?".
I see this common mistake of athletes associating Threshold HR and changes in HR with decreased or increased mountain bike performance.....don't fall for this!
Understanding cardiac drift and how to increase performance using proper hydration strategies
Many of you have probably heard of carbohydrate loading and it goes something like this, you eat a lot of carbohydrates before your race and get faster. Right? That touches up a little on it, but I often find athletes asking me this.
Well, how much, when, and why?
This article discusses the best way to maximize your carbohydrate, or glycogen stores, prior to a big competition. Carbohydrate loading can increase your performance come race day. In fact, it can make you go harder, faster and for longer especially in events 90 minutes or longer.
What is it?
How to use carbohydrates and excellent post workout nutrition to maximize your post race and/or workout recovery rate
Training with power has numerous benefits that can get you faster on the bike for both long distance(4+ hour races) and shorter distance races(<4 hour). Whereas training with Heart Rate has it's downsides. This article covers the differences and advantages of training and racing with a power meter over training and racing with heart rate only.
One of the first keys to training with power is to see where you are at. What are your strengths/weaknesses? How do you compare to your competition? Where is your fitness level at? What do you need to work on to get to the next level or "race fitness”? And how do you train; i.e. what are your training zones?